# 4. Operators

To make it easier to write Pike, and to make the code somewhat shorter, some functions can be called with just one or two characters in the code. These functions are called operators and we have already seen how they work in plenty of examples. In this chapter I will describe in detail what they do. The operators are divided into categories depending on their function, but beware that some operators have meanings that go way beyond the scope of the category they are in.

## 4.1. Arithmetic operators

The arithmetic operators are the simplest ones, since they work just like you remember from math in school. The arithmetic operators are:

 Function Syntax Identifier Returns Addition `a + b` ``+` the sum of a and b Subtraction `a - b` ``-` b subtracted from a Negation `- a` ``-` minus a Multiplication `a * b` ``*` a multiplied by b Division `a / b` ``/` a divided by b Modulo `a % b` ``%` the remainder of a division between a and b Exponentiation `a ** b` ``**` the result of raising a to the b:th power

The third column, "Identifier" is the name of the function that actually evaluates the operation. For instance, `a + b` can also be written as ``+(a, b)`. I will show you how useful this can be at the end of this chapter.

When applied to integers or floats these operators do exactly what they are supposed to do. The only operator in the list not known from basic math is the modulo operator. The modulo operator returns the remainder from an integer division. It is the same as calculating `a - floor(a / b) * b`. `floor` rounds the value down to closest lower integer value. Note that the call to `floor` isn't needed when operating on integers, since dividing two integers will return the result as an integer and it is always rounded down. For instance, `8 / 3` would return `2`.

If all arguments to the operator are integers, the result will also be an integer. If one is a float and the other is an integer, the result will be a float. If both arguments are float, the result will of course be a float.

However, there are more types in Pike than integers and floats. Here is the complete list of combinations of types you can use with these operators:

 Operation Returned type Returned value ``int + int`` int the sum of the two values ``````float + int int + float float + float`````` float the sum of the two values ``````string + string int + string float + string string + int string + float`````` string In this case, any int or float is first converted to a string. Then the two strings are concatenated and the resulting string is returned. ``array + array`` array The two arrays are concatenated into a new array and that new array is returned. ``mapping + mapping`` mapping A mapping with all the index-value pairs from both mappings is returned. If an index is present in both mappings the index-value pair from the right mapping will be used. ``multiset + multiset`` multiset A multiset with all the indices from both multisets is returned. ``int - int`` int The right value subtracted from the left. ``````float - int int - float float - float`````` float The right value subtracted from the left. ``string - string`` string A copy of the left string with all occurrences of the right string removed. ``array - array`` array A copy of the left array with all elements present in the right array removed. Example: `({2,1,4,5,3,6,7}) - ({3,5,1})` will return `({2,4,6,7})`. ``mapping - mapping`` mapping A new mapping with all index-value pairs from the left mapping, except those indices that are also present in the right mapping. ``multiset - multiset`` multiset A copy of the left multiset without any index present in the left multiset. ``- int`` int Same as `0 - int`. ``- float`` float Same as `0 - float`. ``int * int`` int the product of the two values ``````float * int int * float float * float`````` float the product of the two values ``array(string) * string`` string All the strings in the array are concatenated with the string on the right in between each string. Example: `({"foo","bar"})*"-"` will return `"foo-bar"`. ``array(array) * array`` array All the arrays in the left array are concatenated with the array on the right in between each array. Example: `({ ({"foo"}) ,({"bar"})})*({"-"})` will return `({ "foo","-","bar" })`. ``string * int`` string This operation will concatenate the string N times. Example: `"foo"*3` will return `"foofoofoo"`. ``string * float`` string This operation will concatenate the string X times. Example: `"foo"*2.5` will return `"foofoofo"`. ``array * int`` string This operation will concatenate the array N times. Example: `({"foo"})*3` will return `({"foo","foo","foo"})`. ``array * float`` string This operation will concatenate the array X times. Example: `({1,2,3})*2.5` will return `({1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2})`. ``int / int`` int The right integer divided by the left integer rounded towards minus infinity. ``````float / int int / float float / float`````` float The right value divided by the left value. ``string / string`` array(string) In symmetry with the multiplication operator, the division operator can split a string into pieces. The right string will be split at every occurrence of the right string and an array containing the results will be returned. Example: `"foo-bar"/"-"` will return `({"foo","bar"})` ``string / int`` array(string) This will split the string into pieces. The size of the pieces is given by the integer. Only complete pieces will be included in the result, the 'reminder' is discarded. Example: `"foo-bar"/2` will return `({"fo","o-","ba"})` ``string / float`` array(string) This is similar to dividing a string with an integer, but it allows fraction-sized segments and the reminder will always be included. Example: `"foo-bar"/2.5` will return `({"fo","o-b","ar"})` ``array / int`` array(array) This is similar to dividing a string with an integer, but splits an array. Example: `({1,2,3,4,5,6,7})/2` will return `({({1,2}),({3,4}),({5,6})})` ``array / float`` array(array) You should be able to predict what this does by now. :) Example: `({1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8})/2.5` will return `({({1,2}),({3,4,5}),({6,7}),({8})})` ``int % int`` int The remainder of a division. If `a` and `b` are integers, `a%b` is the same as `a-(a/b)*b` ``````float % float int % float float % int`````` float The remainder of a division. If `a` and `b` are floats, `a%b` is the same as `a-floor(a/b)*b` ``string % int`` string The remainder of a string division. Example: `"foo-bar"%2` will return `"r"` ``array % int`` string The remainder of an array division. Example: `({1,2,3,4,5,6,7})%2` will return `({7})`

Method `+

`mixed `+(mixed arg)`
`mixed `+(object arg, mixed ... more)`
`int `+(int arg, int ... more)`
`float `+(float|int arg, float|int ... more)`
`string `+(string|float|int arg, string|float|int ... more)`
`array `+(array arg, array ... more)`
`mapping `+(mapping arg, mapping ... more)`
`multiset `+(multiset arg, multiset ... more)`

Description

Every expression with the `+` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a+b` is the same as `predef::`+(a,b)`. Longer `+` expressions are normally optimized to one call, so e.g. `a+b+c` becomes `predef::`+(a,b,c)`.

Returns

If there's a single argument, that argument is returned.

If `arg` is an object with only one reference and an `lfun::`+=()`, that function is called with the rest of the arguments, and its result is returned.

Otherwise, if `arg` is an object with an `lfun::`+()`, that function is called with the rest of the arguments, and its result is returned.

Otherwise, if any of the other arguments is an object that has an `lfun::``+()`, the first such function is called with the arguments leading up to it, and ``+()` is then called recursively with the result and the rest of the arguments.

Otherwise, if `arg` is `UNDEFINED` and the other arguments are either arrays, mappings or multisets, the first argument is ignored and the remaining are added together as described below. This is useful primarily when appending to mapping values since `m[x] += ({foo})` will work even if `m[x]` doesn't exist yet.

Otherwise the result depends on the argument types:

 `int|float` The result is the sum of all the arguments. It's a float if any argument is a float. `string|int|float` If any argument is a string, all will be converted to strings and concatenated in order to form the result. `array` The array arguments are concatened in order to form the result. `mapping` The result is like `arg` but extended with the entries from the other arguments. If the same index (according to `hash_value` and ``==`) occur in several arguments, the value from the last one is used. `multiset` The result is like `arg` but extended with the entries from the other arguments. Subsequences with orderwise equal indices (i.e. where ``<` returns false) are concatenated into the result in argument order.

The function is not destructive on the arguments - the result is always a new instance.

Note

In Pike 7.0 and earlier the addition order was unspecified.

The treatment of `UNDEFINED` was new in Pike 7.0.

``-()`, `lfun::`+()`, `lfun::``+()`

Method `+

`mixed `+(mixed o)`

Description

Add callback. Returns the union of two trees.

Method `-

`mixed `-(mixed arg1)`
`mixed `-(mixed arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`
`mixed `-(object arg1, mixed arg2)`
`mixed `-(mixed arg1, object arg2)`
`int `-(int arg1, int arg2)`
`float `-(float arg1, int|float arg2)`
`float `-(int|float arg1, float arg2)`
`string `-(string arg1, string arg2)`
`array `-(array arg1, array arg2)`
`mapping `-(mapping arg1, array arg2)`
`mapping `-(mapping arg1, mapping arg2)`
`mapping `-(mapping arg1, multiset arg2)`
`multiset `-(multiset arg1, multiset arg2)`

Description

Negation/subtraction/set difference.

Every expression with the `-` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `-a` is the same as `predef::`-(a)` and `a-b` is the same as `predef::`-(a,b)`. Longer `-` expressions are normally optimized to one call, so e.g. `a-b-c` becomes `predef::`-(a,b,c)`.

Returns

If there's a single argument, that argument is returned negated. If `arg1` is an object with an `lfun::`-()`, that function is called without arguments, and its result is returned.

If there are more than two arguments the result is: ``-(`-(arg1, arg2), @extras)`.

Otherwise, if `arg1` is an object with an `lfun::`-()`, that function is called with `arg2` as argument, and its result is returned.

Otherwise, if `arg2` is an object with an `lfun::``-()`, that function is called with `arg1` as argument, and its result is returned.

Otherwise the result depends on the argument types:

`arg1` can have any of the following types:
 `int|float` The result is `arg1 - arg2`, and is a float if either `arg1` or `arg2` is a float. `string` The result is `arg1` with all nonoverlapping occurrences of the substring `arg2` removed. In cases with two overlapping occurrences, the leftmost is removed. `array|mapping|multiset` The result is like `arg1` but without the elements/indices that match any in `arg2` (according to ``>`, ``<`, ``==` and, in the case of mappings, `hash_value`).

The function is not destructive on the arguments - the result is always a new instance.

Note

In Pike 7.0 and earlier the subtraction order was unspecified.

Note

If this operator is used with arrays or multisets containing objects which implement `lfun::`==()` but not `lfun::`>()` and `lfun::`<()`, the result will be undefined.

``+()`

Method `-

`mixed `-(mixed o)`

Description

Sub[s]tract two trees from each other (key-wise).

Method `*

`mixed `*(mixed arg1)`
`mixed `*(object arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`
`mixed `*(mixed arg1, object arg2)`
`array `*(array arg1, int arg2)`
`array `*(array arg1, float arg2)`
`string `*(string arg1, int arg2)`
`string `*(string arg1, float arg2)`
`string `*(array(string) arg1, string arg2)`
`array `*(array(array) arg1, array arg2)`
`float `*(float arg1, int|float arg2)`
`float `*(int arg1, float arg2)`
`int `*(int arg1, int arg2)`
`mixed `*(mixed arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`

Description

Multiplication/repetition/implosion.

Every expression with the `*` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a*b` is the same as `predef::`*(a,b)`. Longer `*` expressions are normally optimized to one call, so e.g. `a*b*c` becomes `predef::`*(a,b,c)`.

Returns

If there's a single argument, that argument will be returned.

If the first argument is an object that implements `lfun::`*()`, that function will be called with the rest of the arguments.

If there are more than two arguments, the result will be ``*(`*(arg1, arg2), @extras)`.

If `arg2` is an object that implements `lfun::``*()`, that function will be called with `arg1` as the single argument.

Otherwise the result will be as follows:

`arg1` can have any of the following types:
`array``arg2` can have any of the following types:
 `int|float` The result will be `arg1` concatenated `arg2` times. `string|array` The result will be the elements of `arg1` concatenated with `arg2` interspersed.
`string`

The result will be `arg1` concatenated `arg2` times.

`int|float`

The result will be `arg1 * arg2`, and will be a float if either `arg1` or `arg2` is a float.

Note

In Pike 7.0 and earlier the multiplication order was unspecified.

``+()`, ``-()`, ``/()`, `lfun::`*()`, `lfun::``*()`

Method `/

`mixed `/(object arg1, mixed arg2)`
`mixed `/(mixed arg1, object arg2)`
`array(string) `/(string arg1, int arg2)`
`array(string) `/(string arg1, float arg2)`
`array(array) `/(array arg1, int arg2)`
`array(array) `/(array arg1, float arg2)`
`array(string) `/(string arg1, string arg2)`
`array(array) `/(array arg1, array arg2)`
`float `/(float arg1, int|float arg2)`
`float `/(int arg1, float arg2)`
`int `/(int arg1, int arg2)`
`mixed `/(mixed arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`

Description

Division/split.

Every expression with the `/` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a/b` is the same as `predef::`/(a,b)`.

Returns

If there are more than two arguments, the result will be ``/(`/(arg1, arg2), @extras)`.

If `arg1` is an object that implements `lfun::`/()`, that function will be called with `arg2` as the single argument.

If `arg2` is an object that implements `lfun::``/()`, that function will be called with `arg1` as the single argument.

Otherwise the result will be as follows:

`arg1` can have any of the following types:
`string``arg2` can have any of the following types:
 `int|float` The result will be and array of `arg1` split in segments of length `arg2`. If `arg2` is negative the splitting will start from the end of `arg1`. `string` The result will be an array of `arg1` split at each occurrence of `arg2`. Note that the segments that matched against `arg2` will not be in the result.
`array``arg2` can have any of the following types:
 `int|float` The result will be and array of `arg1` split in segments of length `arg2`. If `arg2` is negative the splitting will start from the end of `arg1`. `array` The result will be an array of `arg1` split at each occurrence of `arg2`. Note that the elements that matched against `arg2` will not be in the result.
`float|int`

The result will be `arg1 / arg2`. If both arguments are int, the result will be truncated to an int. Otherwise the result will be a float.

Note

Unlike in some languages, the function f(x) = x/n (x and n integers) behaves in a well-defined way and is always rounded down. When you increase x, f(x) will increase with one for each n:th increment. For all x, (x + n) / n = x/n + 1; crossing zero is not special. This also means that / and % are compatible, so that a = b*(a/b) + a%b for all a and b.

``%`

Method `%

`mixed `%(object arg1, mixed arg2)`
`mixed `%(mixed arg1, object arg2)`
`string `%(string arg1, int arg2)`
`array `%(array arg1, int arg2)`
`float `%(float arg1, float|int arg2)`
`float `%(int arg1, float arg2)`
`int `%(int arg1, int arg2)`

Description

Modulo.

Every expression with the `%` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a%b` is the same as `predef::`%(a,b)`.

Returns

If `arg1` is an object that implements `lfun::`%()` then that function will be called with `arg2` as the single argument.

If `arg2` is an object that implements `lfun::``%()` then that function will be called with `arg2` as the single argument.

Otherwise the result will be as follows:

`arg1` can have any of the following types:
 `string|array` If `arg2` is positive, the result will be the last ``%(sizeof(arg1), arg2)` elements of `arg1`. If `arg2` is negative, the result will be the first ``%(sizeof(arg1), -arg2)` elements of `arg1`. `int|float` The result will be `arg1 - arg2*floor(arg1/arg2)`. The result will be a float if either `arg1` or `arg2` is a float, and an int otherwise.

For numbers, this means that

1. `a % b` always has the same sign as `b` (typically `b` is positive; array size, rsa modulo, etc, and `a` varies a lot more than `b`).

2. The function `f(x) = x % n` behaves in a sane way; as `x` increases, `f(x)` cycles through the values `0,1, ..., n-1, 0, ...`. Nothing strange happens when you cross zero.

3. The `%` operator implements the binary "mod" operation, as defined by Donald Knuth (see the Art of Computer Programming, 1.2.4). It should be noted that Pike treats %-by-0 as an error rather than returning 0, though.

4. `/` and `%` are compatible, so that `a == b*floor(a/b) + a%b` for all `a` and `b`.

``/`, `floor()`

Method `**

`object|int|float `**(object|int|float arg1, object|int|float arg2)`

Description

Exponentiation. Raise arg1 to the power of arg2.

## 4.2. Comparison operators

The arithmetic operators would be hard to use for anything interesting without the ability to compare the results to each other. For this purpose there are six comparison operators:

 Function Syntax Identifier Returns Same `a == b` ``==` 1 if a is the same value as b, 0 otherwise Not same `a != b` ``!=` 0 if a is the same value as b, 1 otherwise Greater than `a > b` ``> ` 1 if a is greater than b, 0 otherwise Greater than or equal to `a >= b` ``>=` 1 if a is greater to or equal to b, 0 otherwise Lesser than `a < b` ``< ` 1 if a is lesser than b, 0 otherwise Lesser than or equal to `a <= b` ``<=` 1 if a is lesser than or equal to b, 0 otherwise

The `==` and `!=` operators can be used on any type. For two values to be same they must be the same type. Therefore 1 and 1.0 are not same. Also, for two values of pointer types to be the same the two values must be pointers to the same object. It is not enough that the two objects are of the same size and contain the same data.

The other operators in the table above can only be used with integers, floats and strings. If you compare an integer with a float, the int will be promoted to a float before the comparison. When comparing strings, lexical order is used and the values of the environment variables LC_CTYPE and LC_LANG are respected.

Method `==

`bool `==(mixed arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`

Description

Equality test.

Every expression with the `==` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a==b` is the same as `predef::`==(a,b)`.

If more than two arguments are given, each argument is compared with the following one as described below, and the test is successful iff all comparisons are successful.

If the first argument is an object with an `lfun::`==()`, that function is called with the second as argument, unless the second argument is the same as the first argument. The test is successful iff its result is nonzero (according to ``!`).

Otherwise, if the second argument is an object with an `lfun::`==()`, that function is called with the first as argument, and the test is successful iff its result is nonzero (according to ``!`).

Otherwise, if the arguments are of different types, the test is unsuccessful. Function pointers to programs are automatically converted to program pointers if necessary, though.

Otherwise the test depends on the type of the arguments:

 `int` Successful iff the two integers are numerically equal. `float` Successful iff the two floats are numerically equal and not NaN. `string` Successful iff the two strings are identical, character for character. (Since all strings are kept unique, this is actually a test whether the arguments point to the same string, and it therefore run in constant time.) `array|mapping|multiset|object|function(:void)|program|type` Successful iff the two arguments point to the same instance.
Returns

Returns `1` if the test is successful, `0` otherwise.

Note

Floats and integers are not automatically converted to test against each other, so e.g. `0==0.0` is false.

Note

Programs are not automatically converted to types to be compared type-wise.

``!()`, ``!=()`

Method `!=

`bool `!=(mixed arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`

Description

Inequality test.

Every expression with the `!=` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a!=b` is the same as `predef::`!=(a,b)`.

This is the inverse of ``==()`; see that function for further details.

Returns

Returns `1` if the test is successful, `0` otherwise.

``==()`

Method `>

`bool `>(mixed arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`

Description

Greater than test.

Every expression with the `>` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a>b` is the same as `predef::`>(a,b)`.

Returns

Returns `1` if the arguments are strictly decreasing, and `0` (zero) otherwise.

``<()`, ``<=()`, ``>=()`

Method `>=

`bool `>=(mixed arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`

Description

Greater than or equal test.

Every expression with the `>=` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a>=b` is the same as `predef::`>=(a,b)`.

Returns

Returns `1` if the test is successful, `0` otherwise.

Note

For total orders, e.g. integers, this is the inverse of ``<()`.

``<=()`, ``>()`, ``<()`

Method `<

`bool `<(mixed arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`

Description

Less than test.

Every expression with the `<` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a<b` is the same as `predef::`<(a,b)`.

Returns

Returns `1` if the test is successful, `0` otherwise.

``<=()`, ``>()`, ``>=()`

Method `<=

`bool `<=(mixed arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`

Description

Less than or equal test.

Every expression with the `<=` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a<=b` is the same as `predef::`<=(a,b)`.

Returns

Returns `1` if the test is successful, `0` otherwise.

Note

For total orders, e.g. integers, this is the inverse of ``>()`.

``<()`, ``>()`, ``>=()`

## 4.3. Logical operators

Logical operators are operators that operate with truth values. In Pike any value except zero is considered true. Logical operators are a very basic part of Pike. They can also decide which arguments to evaluate and which not to evaluate. Because of this most of the logical operators do not have any identifiers and can not be called as normal functions. There are four logical operators:

 Function Syntax Returns And `a && b` If a is false, a is returned and b is not evaluated. Otherwise, b is returned. Or `a || b` If a is true, a is returned and b is not evaluated. Otherwise, b is returned. Not `! a` Returns 0 if a is true, 1 otherwise. If-else `a ? b : c` If a is true, b is returned and c is not evaluated. Otherwise c is returned and b is not evaluated.

Method `!

`bool `!(object|function(:void) arg)`
`int(1..1) `!(int(0..0) arg)`
`int(0..0) `!(mixed arg)`

Description

Logical not.

Every expression with the `!` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `!a` is the same as `predef::`!(a)`.

It's also used when necessary to test truth on objects, i.e. in a statement `if (o) ...` where `o` is an object, the test becomes the equivalent of `!!o` so that any `lfun::`!()` the object might have gets called.

Returns

If `arg` is an object that implements `lfun::`!()`, that function will be called.

If `arg` is `0` (zero), a destructed object, or a function in a destructed object, `1` will be returned.

Otherwise `0` (zero) will be returned.

Note

No float is considered false, not even `0.0`.

``==()`, ``!=()`, `lfun::`!()`

## 4.4. Bitwise/set operators

These operators are used to manipulate bits as members in sets. They can also manipulate arrays, multisets and mappings as sets.

 Function Syntax Identifier Returns Shift left `a << b` ``<<` Multiplies a by 2, b times. Shift right `a >> b` ``>>` Divides a by 2, b times. Inverse (not) `~ a` ``~` Returns -1-a. Intersection (and) `a & b` ``&` All elements present in both a and b. Union (or) `a | b` ``|` All elements present in a or b. Symmetric difference (xor) `a ^ b` ``^` All elements present in a or b, but not present in both.

The first three operators can only be used with integers and should be pretty obvious.

The other three, intersection, union and symmetric difference, can be used with integers, arrays, multisets and mappings. When used with integers, these operators considers each bit in the integer a separate element. If you do not know about how bits in integers work I suggest you go look it up in some other programming book or just don't use these operators on integers.

When intersection, union or symmetric difference is used on an array each element in the array is considered by itself. So intersecting two arrays will result in an array with all elements that are present in both arrays. Example: `({7,6,4,3,2,1}) & ({1, 23, 5, 4, 7})` will return `({7,4,1})`. The order of the elements in the returned array will always be taken from the left array. Elements in multisets are treated the same as elements in arrays. When doing a set operation on a mapping however, only the indices are considered. The values are just copied with the indices. If a particular index is present in both the right and left argument to a set operator, the one from the right side will be used. Example: `([1:2]) | ([1:3])` will return `([1:3])`.

Method `<<

`int `<<(int arg1, int(0..) arg2)`
`mixed `<<(object arg1, int(0..)|object arg2)`
`mixed `<<(int arg1, object arg2)`
`mixed `<<(float arg1, int(0..) arg2)`

Description

Left shift.

Every expression with the `<<` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a<<b` is the same as `predef::`<<(a,b)`.

If `arg1` is an object that implements `lfun::`<<()`, that function will be called with `arg2` as the single argument.

If `arg2` is an object that implements `lfun::``<<()`, that function will be called with `arg1` as the single argument.

If `arg1` is a float and `arg2` is a non-negative integer, `arg1` will be multiplied by `1<<arg2`.

Otherwise `arg1` will be shifted `arg2` bits left.

``>>()`

Method `>>

`int `>>(int arg1, int(0..) arg2)`
`mixed `>>(object arg1, int(0..)|object arg2)`
`mixed `>>(int arg1, object arg2)`
`float `>>(float arg1, int(0..) arg2)`

Description

Right shift.

Every expression with the `>>` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a>>b` is the same as `predef::`>>(a,b)`.

If `arg1` is an object that implements `lfun::`>>()`, that function will be called with `arg2` as the single argument.

If `arg2` is an object that implements `lfun::``>>()`, that function will be called with `arg1` as the single argument.

If `arg1` is a float and `arg2` is a non-negative integer, `arg1` will be divided by `1<<arg2`.

Otherwise `arg1` will be shifted `arg2` bits right.

``<<()`

Method `~

`mixed `~(object arg)`
`int `~(int arg)`
`float `~(float arg)`
`type `~(type|program arg)`
`string `~(string arg)`

Description

Complement/inversion.

Every expression with the `~` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `~a` is the same as `predef::`~(a)`.

Returns

The result will be as follows:

`arg` can have any of the following types:
 `object` If `arg` implements `lfun::`~()`, that function will be called. `int` The bitwise inverse of `arg` will be returned. `float` The result will be `-1.0 - arg`. `type|program` The type inverse of `arg` will be returned. `string` If `arg` only contains characters in the range 0 - 255 (8-bit), a string containing the corresponding 8-bit inverses will be returned.

``!()`, `lfun::`~()`

Method `&

`mixed `&(mixed arg1)`
`mixed `&(mixed arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`
`mixed `&(object arg1, mixed arg2)`
`mixed `&(mixed arg1, object arg2)`
`int `&(int arg1, int arg2)`
`string `&(string arg1, string arg2)`
`array `&(array arg1, array arg2)`
`mapping `&(mapping arg1, mapping arg2)`
`mapping `&(mapping arg1, array arg2)`
`mapping `&(mapping arg1, multiset arg2)`
`multiset `&(multiset arg1, multiset arg2)`
`type `&(type|program arg1, type|program arg2)`

Description

Bitwise and/intersection.

Every expression with the `&` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a&b` is the same as `predef::`&(a,b)`.

Returns

If there's a single argument, that argument is returned.

If there are more than two arguments the result is: ``&(`&(arg1, arg2), @extras)`.

Otherwise, if `arg1` is an object with an `lfun::`&()`, that function is called with `arg2` as argument, and its result is returned.

Otherwise, if `arg2` is an object with an `lfun::``&()`, that function is called with `arg1` as argument, and its result is returned.

Otherwise the result depends on the argument types:

`arg1` can have any of the following types:
 `int` Bitwise and of `arg1` and `arg2`. `string` The result is a string where each character is the bitwise and of the characters in the same position in `arg1` and `arg2`. The arguments must be strings of the same length. `array|mapping|multiset` The result is like `arg1` but only with the elements/indices that match any in `arg2` (according to ``>`, ``<`, ``==` and, in the case of mappings, `hash_value`). `type|program` Type intersection of `arg1` and `arg2`.

The function is not destructive on the arguments - the result is always a new instance.

Note

If this operator is used with arrays or multisets containing objects which implement `lfun::`==()` but not `lfun::`>()` and `lfun::`<()`, the result will be undefined.

``|()`, `lfun::`&()`, `lfun::``&()`

Method `|

`mixed `|(mixed arg1)`
`mixed `|(mixed arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`
`mixed `|(object arg1, mixed arg2)`
`mixed `|(mixed arg1, object arg2)`
`int `|(int arg1, int arg2)`
`string `|(string arg1, string arg2)`
`array `|(array arg1, array arg2)`
`mapping `|(mapping arg1, mapping arg2)`
`multiset `|(multiset arg1, multiset arg2)`
`type `|(program|type arg1, program|type arg2)`

Description

Bitwise or/union.

Every expression with the `|` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a|b` is the same as `predef::`|(a,b)`.

Returns

If there's a single argument, that argument is returned.

If there are more than two arguments, the result is: ``|(`|(arg1, arg2), @extras)`.

Otherwise, if `arg1` is an object with an `lfun::`|()`, that function is called with `arg2` as argument, and its result is returned.

Otherwise, if `arg2` is an object with an `lfun::``|()`, that function is called with `arg1` as argument, and its result is returned.

Otherwise the result depends on the argument types:

`arg1` can have any of the following types:
 `int` Bitwise or of `arg1` and `arg2`. `zero` `UNDEFINED` may be or:ed with multisets, behaving as if it was an empty multiset. `string` The result is a string where each character is the bitwise or of the characters in the same position in `arg1` and `arg2`. The arguments must be strings of the same length. `array` The result is an array with the elements in `arg1` concatenated with those in `arg2` that doesn't occur in `arg1` (according to ``>`, ``<`, ``==`). The order between the elements that come from the same argument is kept. Every element in `arg1` is only matched once against an element in `arg2`, so if `arg2` contains several elements that are equal to each other and are more than their counterparts in `arg1`, the rightmost remaining elements in `arg2` are kept. `mapping` The result is like `arg1` but extended with the entries from `arg2`. If the same index (according to `hash_value` and ``==`) occur in both, the value from `arg2` is used. `multiset` The result is like `arg1` but extended with the entries in `arg2` that don't already occur in `arg1` (according to ``>`, ``<` and ``==`). Subsequences with orderwise equal entries (i.e. where ``<` returns false) are handled just like the array case above. `type|program` Type union of `arg1` and `arg2`.

The function is not destructive on the arguments - the result is always a new instance.

Note

If this operator is used with arrays or multisets containing objects which implement `lfun::`==()` but not `lfun::`>()` and `lfun::`<()`, the result will be undefined.

The treatment of `UNDEFINED` with multisets was new in Pike 8.1.

``&()`, `lfun::`|()`, `lfun::``|()`

Method `^

`mixed `^(mixed arg1)`
`mixed `^(mixed arg1, mixed arg2, mixed ... extras)`
`mixed `^(object arg1, mixed arg2)`
`mixed `^(mixed arg1, object arg2)`
`int `^(int arg1, int arg2)`
`string `^(string arg1, string arg2)`
`array `^(array arg1, array arg2)`
`mapping `^(mapping arg1, mapping arg2)`
`multiset `^(multiset arg1, multiset arg2)`
`type `^(program|type arg1, program|type arg2)`

Description

Exclusive or.

Every expression with the `^` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a^b` is the same as `predef::`^(a,b)`.

Returns

If there's a single argument, that argument is returned.

If there are more than two arguments, the result is: ``^(`^(arg1, arg2), @extras)`.

Otherwise, if `arg1` is an object with an `lfun::`^()`, that function is called with `arg2` as argument, and its result is returned.

Otherwise, if `arg2` is an object with an `lfun::``^()`, that function is called with `arg1` as argument, and its result is returned.

Otherwise the result depends on the argument types:

`arg1` can have any of the following types:
 `int` Bitwise exclusive or of `arg1` and `arg2`. `string` The result is a string where each character is the bitwise exclusive or of the characters in the same position in `arg1` and `arg2`. The arguments must be strings of the same length. `array` The result is an array with the elements in `arg1` that doesn't occur in `arg2` concatenated with those in `arg2` that doesn't occur in `arg1` (according to ``>`, ``<` and ``==`). The order between the elements that come from the same argument is kept. Every element is only matched once against an element in the other array, so if one contains several elements that are equal to each other and are more than their counterparts in the other array, the rightmost remaining elements are kept. `mapping` The result is like `arg1` but with the entries from `arg1` and `arg2` whose indices are different between them (according to `hash_value` and ``==`). `multiset` The result is like `arg1` but with the entries from `arg1` and `arg2` that are different between them (according to ``>`, ``<` and ``==`). Subsequences with orderwise equal entries (i.e. where ``<` returns false) are handled just like the array case above. `type|program` The result is a type computed like this: `(arg1&~arg2)|(~arg1&arg2)`.

The function is not destructive on the arguments - the result is always a new instance.

Note

If this operator is used with arrays or multisets containing objects which implement `lfun::`==()` but not `lfun::`>()` and `lfun::`<()`, the result will be undefined.

``&()`, ``|()`, `lfun::`^()`, `lfun::``^()`

## 4.5. Indexing

The index and range operators are used to retrieve information from a complex data type.

 Function Syntax Identifier Returns Index `a [ b ]` ``[]` Returns the index b from a. Safe Index `a [? b ]` none Returns the index b from a, returning 0 instead of an error of a is 0 Lookup `a ->identifier` ``->` Looks up the identifier. Same as a["identifier"]. Safe Lookup `a ->?identifier` none Looks up the identifier. Same as a[? "identifier"]. Assign index `a [ b ] = c` ``[]=;` Sets the index b in a to c. Assign index `a ->identifier = c` ``->=` Sets the index "identifier" in a to c. Range `a [ b .. c ]` ``[..]` Returns a slice of a starting at the index b and ending at c. Range `a [ .. c ]` ``[..]` Returns a slice of a starting at the beginning of a and ending at c. Range `a [ b .. ]` ``[..]` Returns a slice of a from the index b to the end of a.

The index operator can be written in two different ways. It can be written as `ob [ index ]` or `ob->identifier`. However, the latter syntax is equal to `ob [ "identifier" ]`.

You can only index strings, arrays, mapping, multisets and objects, and some of these can only be indexed on certain things as shown in this list:

 Operation Returns ``string[int]`` Returns the ascii value of the Nth character in the string. ``array[int]`` Return the element in the array corresponding to the integer. ``array[int]=mixed`` Sets the element in the array to the mixed value. ``````mapping[mixed] mapping->identifier`````` Returns the value associated with the index, 0 if it is not found. ``````mapping[mixed]=mixed mapping->identifier=mixed`````` Associate the second mixed value with the first mixed value. ``````multiset[mixed] multiset->identifier`````` Returns 1 if the index (the value between the brackets) is present in the multiset, 0 otherwise. ``````multiset[mixed]=mixed multiset->identifier=mixed`````` If the mixed value is true the index is added to the multiset. Otherwise the index is removed from the multiset. ``````object[string] object->identifier`````` Returns the value of the named identifier in the object. ``````object[string]=mixed object->identifier=mixed`````` Set the given identifier in the object to the mixed value. Only works if the identifier references a variable in the object. ``````program[string] program->identifier`````` Returns the value of the named constant identifier in the program. ``string[int..int]`` Returns a piece of the string. ``array[int..int]`` Returns a slice of the array.

When indexing an `array` or `string` it is sometimes convenient to access index from the end instead of from the beginning. This function can be performed by using a negative index. Thus ` arr[-i] ` is the same as `arr[sizeof(arr)-i]`. Note however that this behavior does not apply to the range operator. Instead the range operator clamps it's arguments to a suitable range. This means that `a[b..c]` will be treated as follows:

• If b is less than zero, the range will begin at the start of the array as if b had been zero.
• If b is greater or equal to sizeof(a) an empty array/string will be returned.
• If c is less than b, an empty array/string will be returned.
• If c is greater or equal to sizeof(a) the range will continue to the end of the array/string.
• No errors are generated in any of the above cases.

Method `[]

`mixed `[](object arg, mixed index)`
`mixed `[](object arg, string index)`
`function(:void) `[](int arg, string index)`
`int `[](string arg, int index)`
`mixed `[](array arg, int index)`
`mixed `[](array arg, mixed index)`
`mixed `[](mapping arg, mixed index)`
`bool `[](multiset arg, mixed index)`
`mixed `[](program arg, string index)`
`mixed `[](object arg, mixed start, mixed end)`
`string `[](string arg, int start, int end)`
`array `[](array arg, int start, int end)`

Description

Indexing.

This is the function form of expressions with the `[]` operator, i.e. `a[i]` is the same as `predef::`[](a,i)`.

Returns

If `arg` is an object that implements `lfun::`[]()`, that function is called with the `index` argument.

Otherwise, the action depends on the type of `arg`:

`arg` can have any of the following types:
 `object` The non-protected (i.e. public) symbol named `index` is looked up in `arg`. `int` The bignum function named `index` is looked up in `arg`. The bignum functions are the same as those in the `Gmp.mpz` class. `string` The character at index `index` in `arg` is returned as an integer. The first character in the string is at index `0` and the highest allowed index is therefore `sizeof(arg)-1`. A negative index number accesses the string from the end instead, from `-1` for the last char back to `-sizeof(arg)` for the first. `array` If `index` is an int, index number `index` of `arg` is returned. Allowed index number are in the range `[-sizeof(arg)..sizeof(arg)-1]`; see the string case above for details. If `index` is not an int, an array of all elements in `arg` indexed with `index` are returned. I.e. it's the same as doing `column(arg, index)`. `mapping` If `index` exists in `arg` the corresponding value is returned. Otherwise `UNDEFINED` is returned. `multiset` If `index` exists in `arg`, `1` is returned. Otherwise `UNDEFINED` is returned. `program` The non-protected (i.e. public) constant symbol `index` is looked up in `arg`.

As a compatibility measure, this function also performs range operations if it's called with three arguments. In that case it becomes equivalent to:

```[..] (arg, start, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG, end, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG)``

See ``[..]` for further details.

Note

An indexing expression in an lvalue context, i.e. where the index is being assigned a new value, uses ``[]=` instead of this function.

``->()`, `lfun::`[]()`, ``[]=`, ``[..]`

Method `[]

`mixed `[](mixed key)`

Method `->

`mixed `->(object arg, string index)`
`mixed `->(int arg, string index)`
`mixed `->(array arg, string index)`
`mixed `->(mapping arg, string index)`
`bool `->(multiset arg, string index)`
`mixed `->(program arg, string index)`

Description

Arrow indexing.

Every non-lvalue expression with the `->` operator becomes a call to this function. `a->b` is the same as `predef::`^(a,"b")` where `"b"` is the symbol `b` in string form.

This function behaves like ``[]`, except that the index is passed literally as a string instead of being evaluated.

Returns

If `arg` is an object that implements `lfun::`->()`, that function will be called with `index` as the single argument.

Otherwise the result will be as follows:

`arg` can have any of the following types:
 `object` The non-protected (ie public) symbol named `index` will be looked up in `arg`. `int` The bignum function named `index` will be looked up in `arg`. `array` An array of all elements in `arg` arrow indexed with `index` will be returned. `mapping` If `index` exists in `arg` the corresponding value will be returned. Otherwise `UNDEFINED` will be returned. `multiset` If `index` exists in `arg`, `1` will be returned. Otherwise `UNDEFINED` will be returned. `program` The non-protected (ie public) constant symbol `index` will be looked up in `arg`.
Note

In an expression `a->b`, the symbol `b` can be any token that matches the identifier syntax - keywords are disregarded in that context.

Note

An arrow indexing expression in an lvalue context, i.e. where the index is being assigned a new value, uses ``->=` instead of this function.

``[]()`, `lfun::`->()`, `::`->()`, ``->=`

Method `[]=

`mixed `[]=(object arg, mixed index, mixed val)`
`mixed `[]=(object arg, string index, mixed val)`
`mixed `[]=(array arg, int index, mixed val)`
`mixed `[]=(mapping arg, mixed index, mixed val)`
`bool `[]=(multiset arg, mixed index, bool val)`

Description

Index assignment.

Every lvalue expression with the `[]` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a[b]=c` is the same as `predef::`[]=(a,b,c)`.

If `arg` is an object that implements `lfun::`[]=()`, that function will be called with `index` and `val` as the arguments.

`arg` can have any of the following types:
 `object` The non-protected (ie public) variable named `index` will be looked up in `arg`, and assigned `val`. `array|mapping` Index `index` in `arg` will be assigned `val`. `multiset` If `val` is `0` (zero), one occurrance of `index` in `arg` will be removed. Otherwise `index` will be added to `arg` if it is not already there.
Returns

`val` will be returned.

Note

An indexing expression in a non-lvalue context, i.e. where the index is being queried instead of assigned, uses ``[]` instead of this function.

``->=()`, `lfun::`[]=()`, ``[]`

Method `->=

`mixed `->=(object arg, string index, mixed val)`
`mixed `->=(mapping arg, string index, mixed val)`
`bool `->=(multiset arg, string index, bool val)`

Description

Arrow index assignment.

Every lvalue expression with the `->` operator becomes a call to this function, i.e. `a->b=c` is the same as `predef::`->=(a,"b",c)` where `"b"` is the symbol `b` in string form.

This function behaves like ``[]=`, except that the index is passed literally as a string instead of being evaluated.

If `arg` is an object that implements `lfun::`->=()`, that function will be called with `index` and `val` as the arguments.

`arg` can have any of the following types:
 `object` The non-protected (ie public) variable named `index` will be looked up in `arg`, and assigned `val`. `array|mapping` Index `index` in `arg` will be assigned `val`. `multiset` If `val` is `0` (zero), one occurrance of `index` in `arg` will be removed. Otherwise `index` will be added to `arg` if it is not already there.
Returns

`val` will be returned.

Note

In an expression `a->b=c`, the symbol `b` can be any token that matches the identifier syntax - keywords are disregarded in that context.

Note

An arrow indexing expression in a non-lvalue context, i.e. where the index is being queried instead of assigned, uses ``->` instead of this function.

``[]=()`, `lfun::`->=()`, ``->`

Method `[..]

`mixed `[..](mixed a, int atype, mixed b, int btype)`

`predef::`[..]`

Method `[..]

`mixed `[..](object arg, mixed start, int start_type, mixed end, int end_type)`
`string `[..](string arg, int start, int start_type, int end, int end_type)`
`array `[..](array arg, int start, int start_type, int end, int end_type)`

Description

Extracts a subrange.

This is the function form of expressions with the `[..]` operator. `arg` is the thing from which the subrange is to be extracted. `start` is the lower bound of the subrange and `end` the upper bound.

`start_type` and `end_type` specifies how the `start` and `end` indices, respectively, are to be interpreted. The types are either `Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG`, `Pike.INDEX_FROM_END` or `Pike.OPEN_BOUND`. In the last case, the index value is insignificant.

The relation between `[..]` expressions and this function is therefore as follows:

``````a[i..j]    <=>	`[..] (a, i, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG, j, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG)
a[i..<j]   <=>	`[..] (a, i, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG, j, Pike.INDEX_FROM_END)
a[i..]     <=>	`[..] (a, i, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG, 0, Pike.OPEN_BOUND)
a[<i..j]   <=>	`[..] (a, i, Pike.INDEX_FROM_END, j, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG)
a[<i..<j]  <=>	`[..] (a, i, Pike.INDEX_FROM_END, j, Pike.INDEX_FROM_END)
a[<i..]    <=>	`[..] (a, i, Pike.INDEX_FROM_END, 0, Pike.OPEN_BOUND)
a[..j]     <=>	`[..] (a, 0, Pike.OPEN_BOUND, j, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG)
a[..<j]    <=>	`[..] (a, 0, Pike.OPEN_BOUND, j, Pike.INDEX_FROM_END)
a[..]      <=>	`[..] (a, 0, Pike.OPEN_BOUND, 0, Pike.OPEN_BOUND)
``````

The subrange is specified as follows by the two bounds:

• If the lower bound refers to an index before the lowest allowable (typically zero) then it's taken as an open bound which starts at the first index (without any error).

• Correspondingly, if the upper bound refers to an index past the last allowable then it's taken as an open bound which ends at the last index (without any error).

• If the lower bound is less than or equal to the upper bound, then the subrange is the inclusive range between them, i.e. from and including the element at the lower bound and up to and including the element at the upper bound.

• If the lower bound is greater than the upper bound then the result is an empty subrange (without any error).

Returns

The returned value depends on the type of `arg`:

`arg` can have any of the following types:
 `string` A string with the characters in the range is returned. `array` An array with the elements in the range is returned. `object` If the object implements `lfun::`[..]`, that function is called with the four remaining arguments. As a compatibility measure, if the object does not implement `lfun::`[..]` but `lfun::`[]` then the latter is called with the bounds transformed to normal from-the-beginning indices in array-like fashion: ``[..] (a, i, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG, j, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG)` Calls `a->`[] (i, j)` ``[..] (a, i, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG, j, Pike.INDEX_FROM_END)` Calls `a->`[] (i, a->_sizeof()-1-j)` ``[..] (a, i, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG, 0, Pike.OPEN_BOUND)` Calls `a->`[] (i, Int.NATIVE_MAX)` ``[..] (a, i, Pike.INDEX_FROM_END, j, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG)` Calls `a->`[] (a->_sizeof()-1-i, j)` ``[..] (a, i, Pike.INDEX_FROM_END, j, Pike.INDEX_FROM_END)` Calls `a->`[] (a->_sizeof()-1-i, a->_sizeof()-1-j)`, except that `a->_sizeof()` is called only once. ``[..] (a, i, Pike.INDEX_FROM_END, 0, Pike.OPEN_BOUND)` Calls `a->`[] (a->_sizeof()-1-i, Int.NATIVE_MAX)` ``[..] (a, 0, Pike.OPEN_BOUND, j, Pike.INDEX_FROM_BEG)` Calls `a->`[] (0, j)` ``[..] (a, 0, Pike.OPEN_BOUND, j, Pike.INDEX_FROM_END)` Calls `a->`[] (0, a->_sizeof()-1-j)` ``[..] (a, 0, Pike.OPEN_BOUND, 0, Pike.OPEN_BOUND)` Calls `a->`[] (0, Int.NATIVE_MAX)` Note that `Int.NATIVE_MAX` might be replaced with an even larger integer in the future.

`lfun::`[..]`, ``[]`

## 4.6. The assignment operators

There is really only one assignment operator, but it can be combined with lots of other operators to make the code shorter. An assignment looks like this:

``````
variable = expression;
``````
The variable can be a local variable, a global variable or an index in an array, object, multiset or mapping. This will of course set the value stored in variable to expression. Note that the above is also an expression which returns the value of the expression. This can be used in some interesting ways:
``````
variable1 = variable2 = 1; // Assign 1 to both variables
variable1 =(variable2 = 1); // Same as above

// Write the value of the expression, if any
if(variable = expression)
write(variable);
``````
Using assignments like this can however be confusing to novice users, or users who come from a Pascal or Basic background. Especially the if statement can be mistaken for if(variable == expression) which would mean something completely different. As I mentioned earlier, the assignment operator can be combined with another operator to form operators that modify the contents of a variable instead of just assigning it. Here is a list of all the combinations:

 Syntax Same as Function `variable += expression` variable = variable + expression Add expression to variable `variable -= expression` variable = variable - expression Subtract expression from variable `variable *= expression` variable = variable * expression Multiply variable with expression `variable /= expression` variable = variable / expression Divide variable by expression `variable %= expression` variable = variable % expression Modulo variable by expression `variable <<= expression` variable = variable << expression Shift variable expression bits left `variable >>= expression` variable = variable >> expression Shift variable expression bits right `variable |= expression` variable = variable | expression Or variable with expression `variable &= expression` variable = variable & expression And variable with expression `variable ^= expression` variable = variable ^ expression Xor variable with expression

In all of the above expressions variable can actually be any of type of assignable values. Assignable values are also known as lvalues and here is a list of lvalues:

 Lvalue type Syntax Valid assignment type a local or global variable identifier same as variable an element in an array array [ int ] any type elements in elements in an array array [ string ] any type This is like map(arr, `[]=,string_indexing_element, assignment_element) an element in an string string [ int ] integer an element in a mapping mapping[mixed] or mapping->identifier any type an element in a multiset multiset[mixed] or multiset->identifier true / false a variable in an object object[string] or object->identifier same type as named variable a list of lvalues [ lvalue, lvalue ] an array, first value in the array will be assigned to the first lvalue in the list, second value in the array to the second value in the list etc.

## 4.7. The rest of the operators

Now there are only a couple of operators left. I have grouped them together in this section, not because they are not important, but because they do not fit in any particular categories.

 Function Syntax Identifier Returns Calling a ( args ) `() Calls the function a. Safe Calling a (? args ) `() Calls a, unless a is 0. splice @ a none Sends each element in the array a as an individual argument to a function call. Increment ++ a none Increments a and returns the new value of a. Decrement -- a none Decrements a and returns the new value of a. Post increment a ++ none Increments a and returns the old value of a. Post decrement a -- none Decrements a and returns the old value of a. casting (type) a none Tries to convert a into a value of the specified type. Null a, b none Evaluates a and b, then returns b.

The most important of these operators is the calling operator. It is used to call functions. The operator itself is just a set of parenthesis placed after the expression that returns the function. Any arguments to the function should be placed between the parenthesis, separated by commas. We have already seen many examples of this operator, although you might not have realized it was an operator at the time. The function call operator can do more than just calling functions though; if the 'function' is in fact an array, the operator will loop over the array and call each element in the array and returns an array with the results.

If on the other hand, the 'function' is a program, the operator will clone an object from the program and call create() in the new object with the arguments given. In fact, the function clone is implemented like this:

``````
object clone(mixed p, mixed ... args) { ( (program)p )(@args); }
``````
Placing a '?' character immediately after the open parentehsis makes the operator return 0 instead of an error if the function expression evalutates to 0. On the subject of function calls, the splice operator should also be mentioned. The splice operator is an at sign in front of an expression. The expression should always be an array. The splice operator sends each of the elements in the array as a separate argument to the function call. The splice operator can only be used in an argument list for a function call.

Then there are the increment and decrement operators. The increment and decrement operators are somewhat limited: they can only be used on integers. They provide a short and fast way to add or subtract one to an integer. If the operator is written before the variable (++a) the returned value will be what the variable is after the operator has added/subtracted one to it. If the operator is after the variable (a++) it will instead return the value of the variable before it was incremented/decremented.

Casting is used to convert one type to another, not all casts are possible. Here is a list of all casts that actually _do_ anything:

 casting from to operation int string Convert the int to ASCII representation float string Convert the float to ASCII representation string int Convert decimal, octal or hexadecimal number to an int. Note that this will only work with decimal numbers in future versions. string float Convert ASCII number to a float. string program String is a filename, compile the file and return the program. Results are cached. string object This first casts the string to a program, (see above) and then clones the result. Results are cached. object type This calls the function 'cast' with a string containing the type as an argument. string array Same as doing `values(string)` array(int) string This does the inverse of the operation above. Ie. it constructs a string from an array of integers. array array(type) This recursively casts all values in the array to type. mapping array Same as `Array.transpose(({indices(mapping),values(mapping))`. Example: `(array)([1:2,3:4])` will return `({ ({1,2}), ({3,4}) })` multiset array Same as doing `indices(multiset)`. int float Returns a float with the same value as the integer. float int Returns the integer closest to the float. function object Same as `function_object(function)`.

You can also use the cast operator to tell the compiler things. If a is a variable of type mixed containing an int, then the expression (int)a can be used instead of a and that will tell the compiler that the type of that expression is int.

Last, and in some respect least, is the comma operator. It doesn't do much. In fact, it simply evaluates the two arguments and then returns the right hand one. This operator is mostly useful to produce smaller code, or to make defines that can be used in expressions.

Method `()
Method call_function

`mixed `()(function(:void) fun, mixed ... args)`
`mixed call_function(function(:void) fun, mixed ... args)`

Description

Call a function.

Calls the function `fun` with the arguments specified by `args`.

`lfun::`()()`

## 4.8. Operator precedence

When evaluating an expression, you can always use parenthesis to tell the compiler in which order to evaluate things. Normally, the compiler will evaluate things from left to right, but it will evaluate operators with higher priority before those with lower. The following table shows the relative priority of all the operators in descending order:

 `(a) a() a[b] a->b a[b..c] ({}) ([]) (<>)` `!a ~a (type)a ++a --a` `a++ a--` `a*b a/b a%b` `a+b a-b` `a>>b a<b a>=b a

Examples:

 The expression is evaluated in this order: ` 1+2*2 ` ` 1+(2*2) ` ` 1+2*2*4 ` ` 1+((2*2)*4) ` ` (1+2)*2*4 ` ` ((1+2)*2)*4 ` ` 1+4,c=2|3+5 ` ` (1+4),(c=((2|3)+5)) ` ` 1+5 & 4 == 3 ` ` (1+(5 & 4)) == 3 ` ` c=1,99 ` ` (c=1),99 ` ` !a++ + ~--a()` ` (!(a++)) + (~((--a)())) `

## 4.9. Operator functions

As mentioned earlier a + b can just as well be written as `+(a, b). Together with the function map which calls a function for every index in an array and the splice operator this can be used to create some very very fast and compact code. Let's look at some examples:

map(arr, `-)
This will return an array with each element negated.
map(text/"\n",`/," ")
This will divide a text into lines, each line will then be mapped through `/ and divided into an array of words.
`+(0, @arr)
This will add all the integers in the array arr together.
int abs(int a) { return ( a>0 ? `+ : `-)(a); }
This is a rather absurd but working function which will return the absolute value of a.