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Re: Quoted function in `define-key'

From: Narendra Joshi
Subject: Re: Quoted function in `define-key'
Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:39:18 +0530
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Michael Heerdegen <> writes:

>   (info "(elisp) Symbol Components")
How did you insert this link to info?

>> What does the byte compiler do with this information? I am just
>> curious about this.
> When you sharp quote a lambda expression, the compiler knows that this
> lambda list is supposed to be called as a function, and will byte
> compile it.  The evaluator might turn it into a closure when lexical
> binding is used.
> In elisp, the `lambda' macro comes with implicit function quoting (see
> its definition), so you can just omit it.
> But OTOH, it's an error to `quote' lambdas like
>   '(lambda () body...)
> because it will prevent byte compilation or closure creation and make
> Stefan angry.

> Obviously for `function' quoted symbols there is not much to do, but the
> byte compiler can determine whether that function is defined/ will be
> defined at run time, so it can warn you about typos as an extra service.
> For example, you get a compiler warning when compiling
>   (define-key my-map [key] #'make-frame-cmomand)
> but not for
>   (define-key my-map [key] 'make-frame-cmomand)
>> If this is recommended, I would also start quoting my functions as
>> #'my-function.
> Yes, it's a good idea.
Thanks! This is very informative.

Narendra Joshi

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