This package implements the various Common Lisp features of
defmacro, such as destructuring,
&whole is not implemented
defmacro due to technical difficulties.
See section Argument Lists.
Destructuring is made available to the user by way of the following macro:
defmacroargument lists, including destructuring. (The
&environmentkeyword is not allowed.) The macro expansion will signal an error if expr returns a list of the wrong number of arguments or with incorrect keyword arguments.
This package also includes the Common Lisp
facility, which allows you to define compile-time expansions and
optimizations for your functions.
defmacro, except that it only expands calls to name at compile-time; calls processed by the Lisp interpreter are not expanded, nor are they expanded by the
The argument list may begin with a
&whole keyword and a
variable. This variable is bound to the macro-call form itself,
i.e., to a list of the form `(name args...)'.
If the macro expander returns this form unchanged, then the
compiler treats it as a normal function call. This allows
compiler macros to work as optimizers for special cases of a
function, leaving complicated cases alone.
For example, here is a simplified version of a definition that appears as a standard part of this package:
(define-compiler-macro member* (&whole form a list &rest keys) (if (and (null keys) (eq (car-safe a) 'quote) (not (floatp-safe (cadr a)))) (list 'memq a list) form))
This definition causes
(member* a list) to change
to a call to the faster
memq in the common case where a
is a non-floating-point constant; if a is anything else, or
if there are any keyword arguments in the call, then the original
member* call is left intact. (The actual compiler macro
member* optimizes a number of other cases, including
macroexpand, except that it expands compiler macros rather than regular macros. It returns form unchanged if it is not a call to a function for which a compiler macro has been defined, or if that compiler macro decided to punt by returning its
macroexpand, it expands repeatedly until it reaches a form for which no further expansion is possible.
See section Macro Bindings, for descriptions of the
symbol-macrolet forms for making "local" macro
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