Function Call Side Effects¶
Consider the following code:
class Foo fun fn(x: U64) => None actor Main new create(env: Env) => var x: U64 = 0 try foo()?.fn(x = 42) end env.out.print(x.string()) fun foo(): Foo ? => error
What do you think it will print? Probably
0 right? Or maybe you realized this code is in the gotchas section so it must be
42. If you went with
42, you’d be right. Why?
Expressions for arguments in function calls are evaluated before the expression for the function receiver. The use of assignment expressions like
x = 42 is quite rare so we don’t think many folks will be bitten by this. However, it’s definitely something you want to be aware of. Also remember that if
fn were to be called, it would be called with
0 (the result of the assignment expression).