Delayed symbol resolution

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg122686] Delayed symbol resolution*From*: Rui <rui.rojo at gmail.com>*Date*: Sun, 6 Nov 2011 05:54:50 -0500 (EST)*Delivered-to*: l-mathgroup@mail-archive0.wolfram.com*Reply-to*: comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica at googlegroups.com

A few scattered times in my not too long Mathematica history I've found myself facing a similar simple problem that always required particular attention to solve it. The problem, in broad terms: needing to insert a symbol whose context is the current context at the time the code is being evaluated. Of course, this might mean the symbol could be used as an argument to a HoldAll function that receives a Symbol, so it can't be evaluated. So I end up using MakeExpression or ToExpression wrapping the result in Hold and then doing some (to me) hard expression manipulation with Applies, RemoveHolds and Replaces which results in a code that might work but is far from neat and understandable. I might add, the heavy expression manipulation and Holds and replacements and etc were never my strong suit... So finally I'm doing what I should have done from the start: * Ask here if there's a simple way to solve it * Create a short function in a package. I'll do the second one right now, and if you make me realise it's redundant I'll throw it away. If not, I'll share it. I'm thinking of something Block-like such as WithDelayedSymbols[{x, y}, (* code using x and y*)] where every appearance of x and y would be replaced by the current context symbols of ToExpression[x] and ToExpression[y] prior to any evaluation. Also, a BlockDelayedSymbols[{x, y}, ...] which also adds dynamic scoping like Block Rui Rojo