class Mu

The root of the Perl 6 type hierarchy.

class Mu { }

The root of the Perl 6 type hierarchy. For the origin of the name, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mu_%28negative%29. One can also say that there are many undefined values in Perl 6, and Mu is the most undefined value.

Note that most classes do not derive from Mu directly, but rather from Any.

Methods

routine defined

multi sub    defined(Mu) returns Bool:D
multi method defined()   returns Bool:D

Returns False on the type object, and True otherwise.

say Int.defined;                # False
say 42.defined;                 # True

Very few types (like Failure) override defined to return False even for instances:

sub fails() { fail 'oh noe' };
say fails().defined;            # False

routine isa

multi method isa(Mu $type)      returns Bool:D
multi method isa(Str:D $type)   returns Bool:D

Returns True if the invocant is an instance of class $type, a subset type or a derived class (through inheritance) of $type.

my $i = 17;
say $i.isa("Int");   # True
say $i.isa(Any);     # True

A more idiomatic way to do this is to use the smartmatch operator ~~ instead.

my $s = "String";
say $s ~~ Str;       # True

routine does

method does(Mu $type)      returns Bool:D

Returns True if and only if the invocant conforms to type $type.

my $d = Date.new('2016-06-03');
say $d.does(Dateish);             # True    (Date does role Dateish)
say $d.does(Any);                 # True    (Date is a subclass of Any)
say $d.does(DateTime);            # False   (Date is not a subclass of DateTime)

Using the smart match operator ~~ is a more idiomatic alternative.

my $d = Date.new('2016-06-03');
say $d ~~ Dateish;                # True
say $d ~~ Any;                    # True
say $d ~~ DateTime;               # False

routine Bool

multi sub    Bool(Mu) returns Bool:D
multi method Bool()   returns Bool:D

Returns False on the type object, and True otherwise.

Many built-in types override this to be False for empty collections, the empty string or numerical zeros

say Mu.Bool;                    # False
say Mu.new.Bool;                # True
say [1, 2, 3].Bool;             # True
say [].Bool;                    # False
say { 'hash' => 'full'}.Bool;   # True
say {}.Bool;                    # False

method Str

multi method Str()   returns Str

Returns a string representation of the invocant, intended to be machine readable. Method Str warns on type objects, and produces the empty string.

say Mu.Str;                     #!> use of uninitialized value of type Mu in string context

routine gist

multi sub    gist(Mu) returns Str
multi method gist()   returns Str

Returns a string representation of the invocant, optimized for fast recognition by humans. As such lists will be truncated at 100 elements. Use .perl to get all elements.

The default gist method in Mu re-dispatches to the perl method for defined invocants, and returns the type name in parenthesis for type object invocants. Many built-in classes override the case of instances to something more specific that may truncate output.

gist is the method that say calls implicitly, so say $something and say $something.gist generally produce the same output.

say Mu.gist;        # (Mu)
say Mu.new.gist;    # Mu.new

routine perl

multi sub    perl(Mu) returns Str
multi method perl()   returns Str

Returns a Perlish representation of the object (i.e., can usually be re-evaluated with EVAL to regenerate the object). The exact output of perl is implementation specific, since there are generally many ways to write a Perl expression that produces a particular value

method clone

method clone(*%twiddles)

Creates a shallow clone of the invocant. If named arguments are passed to it, their values are used in every place where an attribute name matches the name of a named argument.

class Point2D {
    has ($.x, $.y);
    multi method gist(Point2D:D:) {
        "Point($.x, $.y)";
    }
}

my $p = Point2D.new(x => 2, y => 3);

say $p;                     # Point(2, 3)
say $p.clone(y => -5);      # Point(2, -5)

method new

multi method new(*%attrinit)

Default method for constructing (create + initialize) new objects of a class. This method expects only named arguments which are then used to initialize attributes with accessors of the same name.

Classes may provide their own new method to override this default.

new triggers an object construction mechanism that calls submethods named BUILD in each class of an inheritance hierarchy, if they exist. See the documentation on object construction for more information.

method bless

method bless(*%attrinit) returns Mu:D

Lower-level object construction method than new.

Creates a new object of the same type as the invocant, uses the named arguments to initialize attributes, and returns the created object.

You can use this method when writing custom constructors:

class Point {
    has $.x;
    has $.y;
    multi method new($x, $y) {
        self.bless(:$x, :$y);
    }
}
my $p = Point.new(-1, 1);

(Though each time you write a custom constructor, remember that it makes subclassing harder).

method CREATE

method CREATE() returns Mu:D

Allocates a new object of the same type as the invocant, without initializing any attributes.

say Mu.CREATE.defined;  # True

method print

multi method print() returns Bool:D

Prints value to $*OUT after stringification using .Str method without adding a newline at end.

"abc\n".print;          # abc␤

method put

multi method put() returns Bool:D

Prints value to $*OUT after stringification using .Str method adding a newline at end.

"abc".put;              # abc␤

method say

multi method say() returns Bool:D

Prints value to $*OUT after stringification using .gist method with newline at end. To produce machine readable output use .put.

say 42;                 # 42␤

method ACCEPTS

multi method ACCEPTS(Mu:U: $other)

ACCEPTS is the method that smart matching with the infix ~~ operator and given/when invokes on the right-hand side (the matcher).

The Mu:U multi performs a type check. Returns True if $other conforms to the invocant (which is always a type object or failure).

say 42 ~~ Mu;           # True
say 42 ~~ Int;          # True
say 42 ~~ Str;          # False

Note that there is no multi for defined invocants; this is to allow autothreading of junctions, which happens as a fallback mechanism when no direct candidate is available to dispatch to.

method WHICH

multi method WHICH() returns ObjAt:D

Returns an object of type ObjAt which uniquely identifies the object. Value types override this method which makes sure that two equivalent objects return the same return value from WHICH.

say 42.WHICH eq 42.WHICH;       # True

method WHERE

method WHERE() returns Int

Returns an Int representing the memory address of the object.

method WHY

multi method WHY()

Returns the attached Pod value. For instance,

sub cast(Spell $s)
#= Initiate a specified spell normally
#= (do not use for class 7 spells)
{
do-raw-magic($s);
}
say &cast.WHY;

prints

Initiate a specified spell normally (do not use for class 7 spells)

See the documentation specification for details about attaching Pod to variables, classes, functions, methods, etc.

trait is export

multi sub trait_mod:<is>(Mu:U \type, :$export!)

Marks a type as being exported, that is, available to external users.

my class SomeClass is export { }

A user of a module or class automatically gets all the symbols imported that are marked as is export.

See Exporting and Selective Importing Modules for more details.

method return

method return()

The method return will stop execution of a subroutine or method, run all relevant phasers and provide invocant as a return value to the caller. If a return type constraint is provided it will be checked unless the return value is Nil. A control exception is raised and can be caught with CONTROL.

sub f { (1|2|3).return };
dd f(); # OUTPUT«any(1, 2, 3)␤»

method return-rw

Same as method return except that return-rw returns a writeable container to the invocant (see more details here: return-rw).

method take

method take()

Returns the invocant in the enlosing gather block.

sub insert($sep, +@list) {
    gather for @list {
        FIRST .take, next;
        take slip $sep, .item
    }
}

say insert ':', <a b c>;
# OUTPUT«(a : b : c)␤»

routine take

sub take(\item)

Takes the given item and passes it to the enclosing gather block.

#| randomly select numbers for lotto
my $num-selected-numbers = 6;
my $max-lotto-numbers = 49;
gather for ^$num-selected-numbers {
    take (1 .. $max-lotto-numbers).pick(1);
}.say;    #-> 32 22 1 17 32 9  (for example)

routine take-rw

sub take-rw(\item)

Returns the given item to the enclosing gather block, without introducing a new container.

my @a = 1...3;
sub f(@list){ gather for @list { take-rw $_ } };
for f(@a) { $_++ };
say @a;
# OUTPUT«[2 3 4]␤»

method so

method so()

Returns a Bool value representing the logical non-negation of an expression. One can use this method similarly to the English sentence: "If that is so, then do this thing". For instance,

my @args = <-a -e -b -v>;
my $verbose-selected = any(@args) eq '-v' | '-V';
if $verbose-selected.so {
    say "Verbose option detected in arguments";
} #-> Verbose option detected in arguments

method not

method not()

Returns a Bool value representing the logical negation of an expression. Thus it is the opposite of so.

my @args = <-a -e -b>;
my $verbose-selected = any(@args) eq '-v' | '-V';
if $verbose-selected.not {
    say "Verbose option not present in arguments";
} #-> Verbose option not present in arguments

Since there is also a prefix version of not, the above code reads better like so:

my @args = <-a -e -b>;
my $verbose-selected = any(@args) eq '-v' | '-V';
if not $verbose-selected {
    say "Verbose option not present in arguments";
} #-> Verbose option not present in arguments

Type graph

Type relations for Mu
perl6-type-graph Mu Mu Any Any Any->Mu Junction Junction Junction->Mu

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