Documentation for routine grabpairs

Documentation for routine grabpairs, assembled from the following types:

role Baggy

From Baggy

(Baggy) method grabpairs

Defined as:

multi method grabpairs(Baggy:D: --> Any)
multi method grabpairs(Baggy:D: $count --> Seq:D)

Returns a Pair or a Seq of Pairs depending on the version of the method being invoked. Each Pair returned has an element of the invocant as its key and the elements weight as its value. Unlike pickpairs, it works only on mutable structures, e.g. BagHash. Use of grabpairs on 'an immutable structure results in an X::Immutable exception. If * is passed as $count, or $count is greater than or equal to the number of elements of the invocant, then all element/weight Pairs from the invocant are returned in a random sequence.

What makes grabpairs different from pickpairs is that the 'grabbed' elements are in fact removed from the invocant.

my $breakfast = (eggs => 2bacon => 3).BagHash;
say $breakfast.grabpairs;                         # OUTPUT: «bacon => 3␤» 
say $breakfast;                                   # OUTPUT: «BagHash.new(eggs(2))␤» 
say $breakfast.grabpairs(1);                      # OUTPUT: «(eggs => 2)␤» 
say $breakfast.grabpairs(*);                      # OUTPUT: «()␤» 
 
my $diet = ('eggs' => 2'bacon' => 3).Bag;
say $diet.grabpairs;
CATCH { default { put .^name''.Str } };
# OUTPUT: «X::Immutable: Cannot call 'grabpairs' on an immutable 'Bag'␤» 

role Setty

From Setty

(Setty) method grabpairs

method grabpairs($count = 1)

Removes $count elements chosen at random (without repetition) from the set, and returns a list of Pair objects whose keys are the grabbed elements and whose values are True.

If * is passed as $count, or $count is greater than or equal to the size of the set, then all its elements are removed and returned as Pairs in the aforementioned way in random order.

Only works on mutable sets; When used on an immutable set, it results in an exception.