uses(Object, [Name/Arity, ...]) uses(Object, [Name/Arity as Alias/Arity, ...]) uses(Object, [Name//Arity, ...]) uses(Object, [Name//Arity as Alias//Arity, ...]) uses(Object, [op(Precedence, Associativity, Operator), ...])
Declares that all calls made from predicates (or non-terminals) defined
in the category or object containing the directive to the specified
predicates (or non-terminals) are to be interpreted as messages to the
specified object. Thus, this directive may be used to simplify writing
of predicate definitions by allowing the programmer to omit the
Object:: prefix when using the predicates listed in the directive
(as long as the calls do not occur as arguments for non-standard Prolog
meta-predicates not declared on the adapter files). It is also possible
to include operator declarations in the second argument.
This directive is also used when compiling calls to the database and reflection built-in methods by looking into these methods predicate arguments.
It is possible to specify a predicate alias using the notation
Name/Arity as Alias/Arity or, in alternative, the notation
Name/Arity::Alias/Arity. Aliases may be used either for avoiding
conflicts between predicates specified in
uses/2 directives or for giving more meaningful names considering
the calling context of the predicates.
To enable the use of static binding, and thus optimal message sending performance, the objects should be loaded before compiling the entities that call their predicates.
The object identifier argument can also be a parameter variable when using the directive in a parametric object or a parametric category defined in a source file (the common case). In this case, dynamic binding will be used for all listed predicates (and non-terminals). The parameter variable must be instantiated at runtime when the messages are sent.
Template and modes¶
uses(+object_identifier, +predicate_indicator_list) uses(+object_identifier, +predicate_indicator_alias_list) uses(+object_identifier, +non_terminal_indicator_list) uses(+object_identifier, +non_terminal_indicator_alias_list) uses(+object_identifier, +operator_list)
:- uses(list, [append/3, member/2]). :- uses(store, [data/2]). :- uses(user, [table/4]). foo :- ..., % the same as findall(X, list::member(X, L), A) findall(X, member(X, L), A), % the same as list::append(A, B, C) append(A, B, C), % the same as store::assertz(data(X, C)) assertz(data(X, C)), % call the table/4 predicate in "user" table(X, Y, Z, T), ...
Another example, using the extended notation that allows us to define predicate aliases:
:- uses(btrees, [new/1 as new_btree/1]). :- uses(queues, [new/1 as new_queue/1]). btree_to_queue :- ..., % the same as btrees::new(Tree) new_btree(Tree), % the same as queues::new(Queue) new_queue(Queue), ...
An example of using a parameter variable in place of the object identifier to allow using the same test set for checking multiple implementations of the same protocol:
:- object(tests(_HeapObject_), extends(lgtunit)). :- uses(_HeapObject_, [ as_heap/2, as_list/2, valid/1, new/1, insert/4, insert_all/3, delete/4, merge/3, empty/1, size/2, top/3, top_next/5 ])