Hook objects (i.e. objects that define term- and goal-expansion rules) can be combined to define expansion workflows. While in some cases the expansions are independent and thus can be applied in any order, in other cases a specific order is required. The hook_pipeline and hook_set parametric objects in this library implement the two most common scenarios of combining multiple hook objects for the expansion of source files. These parametric hook objects can be combined to define workflows of any complexity (e.g. a pipeline where one of the steps is set with an element that is a pipeline). These two basic hook flows can also used as examples of how to construct your own custom expansion workflows.

API documentation

Open the ../../docs/library_index.html#hook-flows link in a web browser.


To load all entities in this library, load the loader.lgt file:

| ?- logtalk_load(hook_flows(loader)).


To test this library predicates, load the tester.lgt file:

| ?- logtalk_load(hook_flows(tester)).


Pre-processing a source file with a hook object can be accomplished by either compiling the source file using the option hook(HookObject) or by adding to the top of the file the directive:

:- set_logtalk_flag(hook, HookObject).

Note that set_logtalk_flag/2 directives are local to a source file.

The hook_pipeline(Pipeline) is a parametric object where the parameter is a list of hook objects, interpreted as a pre-processing pipeline: the results of a hook object are passed to the next hook object. This parametric object is used when the expansions must be applied in a specific order. It also allows overriding the default compiler semantics where term-expansion rules are tried in sequence only until one of them succeeds.

The hook_set(Set) is a parametric object where the parameter is a list of hook objects, interpreted as a set of hook objects. For term-expansion, hooks in the set are tried until one of them succeeds. For goal-expansion, as the compiler expands a goal until a fixed-point is reached, all the hooks objects in the set that are applicable at any point will be used. This parametric object is used when applying multiple independent expansions.

When using a backend Prolog compiler that supports modules, it’s also possible to use as parameter a list of hook modules as long as their names do not coincide with the names of loaded objects.