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Re: Delayed symbol resolution

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  • Subject: [mg122739] Re: Delayed symbol resolution
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Nov 2011 07:16:38 -0500 (EST)
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On 06/11/2011 10:56, Rui wrote:
> 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
I am not really sure what you want to do - an actual example would help 
- but you can insert a symbol inside HoldAll (provided it doesn't have a 
value) using:





David Bailey

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