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Re: elisp newbie: simplifying from cl structures?

From: Pascal J. Bourguignon
Subject: Re: elisp newbie: simplifying from cl structures?
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2015 04:37:38 +0100
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address@hidden (Tory S. Anderson) writes:

> Thanks for helping me straighten the code out and gain better
> understanding cl-tools and structure; it loads and mostly
> works. Thanks!
> (defun change-smtp ()
>   "Change the SMTP server according to the current from line."
>   (save-excursion
>     (cl-loop with from = (save-restriction
>                          (message-narrow-to-headers)
>                          (message-fetch-field "from"))
>            for (address server port) in smtp-accounts
>            do (if  (string-match address from)
>                   (return (funcall 'set-smtp server port address))
>                 (message "Failed to match %s with %s" address from))
>            finally (error "Cannot infer SMTP information."))))
> (add-hook 'message-send-mail-hook 'change-smtp)

Ok, but now, you should consider that this functions is performing
several tasks of different order: some parsing of a message is done, as
well as some searching for smtp configuration, and some setting of smtp
configuration.  That's a lot for a single function.

It would be better if you split it as follow, which would give you two
nice reusable functions, and makes change-smtp clearer:

(defun message-from-field ()
  "Find the from field in the current buffer that must contain a message."
    (message-fetch-field "from"))))

(defun find-smtp-account (address accounts)
  "Find the first account in `accounts' whose address matches `address'."
  (find from accounts :key (function first)
                           :test (lambda (from address)
                                   (string-match address from))))

(defun change-smtp ()
  (let ((from (message-from-field)))
    (destructuring-bind (address server port) (find-smtp-account from 
      (if address
          (funcall 'set-smtp server port address)
          (error "Cannot not infer SMTP information")))))

__Pascal Bourguignon__       
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