ISO Prolog defines no way for program transformations such as macro expansion or conditional compilation. Expansion through term_expansion/2 and expand_term/2 can be seen as part of the de-facto standard. This mechanism can do arbitrary translation between valid Prolog terms read from the source file to Prolog terms handed to the compiler. As term_expansion/2 can return a list, the transformation does not need to be term-to-term.
:- Goal. Goal is then treated as a directive. If Term2 is a list, all terms of the list are stored in the database or called (for directives). If Term2 is of the form below, the system will assert Clause and record the indicated source location with it:
When compiling a module (see chapter
6 and the directive module/2),
will first try term_expansion/2
in the module being compiled to allow for term expansion rules that are
local to a module. If there is no local definition, or the local
definition fails to translate the term, expand_term/2
will try term_expansion/2
user. For compatibility with SICStus and Quintus Prolog,
this feature should not be used. See also expand_term/2, goal_expansion/2
if we are in a `false branch' of the conditional compilation. See section 188.8.131.52.
The predicate goal_expansion/2
is first called in the module that is being compiled, and then on the
module. If Goal is of the form Module:Goal
where Module is instantiated,
is called on Goal using rules from module
Module followed by
Only goals appearing in the body of clauses when reading a source file are expanded using this mechanism, and only if they appear literally in the clause, or as an argument to a defined meta-predicate that is annotated using `0' (see meta_predicate/1). Other cases need a real predicate definition.
Head-->Bodyinto a normal Prolog clause. Normally this functionality should be accessed using expand_term/2.
This sections documents extended versions of the program transformation predicates that also transform the source layout information. Extended layout information is currently processed, but unused. Future versions will use for the following enhancements:
Conditional compilation builds on the same principle as term_expansion/2, goal_expansion/2 and the expansion of grammar rules to compile sections of the source code conditionally. One of the reasons for introducing conditional compilation is to simplify writing portable code. See section C for more information. Here is a simple example:
:- if(\+source_exports(library(lists), suffix/2)). suffix(Suffix, List) :- append(_, Suffix, List). :- endif.
Note that these directives can only appear as separate terms in the input. Typical usage scenarios include:
:- else. :-if(Goal)....
:- endif.In a sequence as below, the section below the first matching
elifis processed. If no test succeeds, the else branch is processed.
:- if(test1). section_1. :- elif(test2). section_2. :- elif(test3). section_3. :- else. section_else. :- endif.