Re: Evaluate part of rhs of RuleDelayed

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg91111] Re: Evaluate part of rhs of RuleDelayed*From*: Albert Retey <awnl at gmx-topmail.de>*Date*: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 05:07:16 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <g79a05$dnl$1@smc.vnet.net>

Hi, > I am writing a lazy recursive function (actually, a tree of UI widgets > that is too large to be constructed at once). > Consider, for example, the following code: > > SomeComplexFunction[a_] := Module[{x}, > x = a*a; > {value :> SomeComplexFunction[x + a]}] > > The value of SomeComplexFunction[5] is {value :> > SomeComplexFunction[x$7418 + 5]} and seemingly can'd be used for > anything useful. > > Question: > How should I fix the code of SomeComplexFunction so that the value of > SomeComplexFunction[5] be {value :> SomeComplexFunction[30]} ? > > Unfortunately, this one > > SomeComplexFunction[a_] := Module[{x}, > x = a*a; > {value :> SomeComplexFunction[Evaluate[x + a]]}] > > yields {value :> SomeComplexFunction[Evaluate[x$7421 + 5]]} > If I understood correctly what you try to do you should look at With, which is your friend when working with partially evaluated expressions: SomeComplexFunction[a_] := Module[{x}, x = a*a; With[{arg = x + a}, {value :> SomeComplexFunction[arg]} ] ] On the other hand, I have the feeling that your problem might be solved in a better way if you give more detailed information on what you are trying to achieve with SomeComplexFunction... hth, albert