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class Any is Mu {}

While Mu is the root of the Raku class hierarchy, Any is the class that serves as a default base class for new classes, and as the base class for most built-in classes.

Since Raku intentionally confuses items and single-element lists, most methods in Any are also present on class List, and coerce to List or a list-like type.


method ACCEPTS

Defined as:

multi method ACCEPTS(Any:D: Mu $other)



Returns True if $other === self (i.e. it checks object identity).

Many built-in types override this for more specific comparisons.

method any

Defined as:

method any(--> Junction:D)

Interprets the invocant as a list and creates an any-Junction from it.

say so 2 == <1 2 3>.any;        # OUTPUT: «True␤» 
say so 5 == <1 2 3>.any;        # OUTPUT: «False␤»

method all

Defined as:

method all(--> Junction:D)

Interprets the invocant as a list and creates an all-Junction from it.

say so 1 < <2 3 4>.all;         # OUTPUT: «True␤» 
say so 3 < <2 3 4>.all;         # OUTPUT: «False␤»

method one

Defined as:

method one(--> Junction:D)

Interprets the invocant as a list and creates a one-Junction from it.

say so 1 == (123).one;      # OUTPUT: «True␤» 
say so 1 == (121).one;      # OUTPUT: «False␤»

method none

Defined as:

method none(--> Junction:D)

Interprets the invocant as a list and creates a none-Junction from it.

say so 1 == (123).none;     # OUTPUT: «False␤» 
say so 4 == (123).none;     # OUTPUT: «True␤»

method list

Defined as:

multi method list(Any:U: --> List)
multi method list(Any:D \SELF: --> List)

Applies the infix , operator to the invocant and returns the resulting List:

say 42.list.^name;           # OUTPUT: «List␤» 
say 42.list.elems;           # OUTPUT: «1␤»

Subclasses of Any may choose to return any core type that does the Positional role from .list. Use .List to coerce specifically to List.

@ can also be used as a list or Positional contextualizer:

my $not-a-list-yet = $[1,2,3];
say $not-a-list-yet.raku;             # OUTPUT: «$[1, 2, 3]␤» 
my @maybe-a-list = @$not-a-list-yet;
say @maybe-a-list.^name;              # OUTPUT: «Array␤» 

In the first case, the list is itemized. @ as a prefix puts the initial scalar in a list context by calling .list and turning it into an Array.

method push

Defined as:

multi method push(Any:U \SELF: |values --> Positional:D)

The method push is defined for undefined invocants and allows for autovivifying undefined to an empty Array, unless the undefined value implements Positional already. The argument provided will then be pushed into the newly created Array.

my %h;
say %h<a>;     # OUTPUT: «(Any)␤»      <-- Undefined 
%h<a>.push(1); # .push on Any 
say %h;        # OUTPUT: «{a => [1]}␤» <-- Note the Array

routine reverse

Defined as:

multi sub    reverse(*@list  --> Seq:D)
multi method reverse(List:D: --> Seq:D)

Returns a Seq with the same elements in reverse order.

Note that reverse always refers to reversing elements of a list; to reverse the characters in a string, use flip.


say <hello world!>.reverse;     # OUTPUT: «(world! hello)␤» 
say reverse ^10;                # OUTPUT: «(9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0)␤»

method sort

Defined as:

multi method sort()
multi method sort(&custom-routine-to-use)

Sorts iterables with cmp or given code object and returns a new Seq. Optionally, takes a Callable as a positional parameter, specifying how to sort.


say <b c a>.sort;                           # OUTPUT: «(a b c)␤» 
say 'bca'.comb.sort.join;                   # OUTPUT: «abc␤» 
say 'bca'.comb.sort({$^b cmp $^a}).join;    # OUTPUT: «cba␤» 
say '231'.comb.sort(&infix:«<=>»).join;     # OUTPUT: «123␤»

routine map

Defined as:

multi method map(\SELF: &block;; :$label:$item)
multi sub map(&code+values)
multi method map(Hash:D \hash)
multi method map(Iterable:D \iterable)
multi method map(|c)

map will iterate over the invocant and apply the number of positional parameters of the code object from the invocant per call. The returned values of the code object will become elements of the returned Seq.

The :$label and :$item are useful only internally, since for loops get converted to maps. The :$label takes an existing Label to label the .map's loop with and :$item controls whether the iteration will occur over (SELF,) (if :$item is set) or SELF.

In sub form, it will apply the code block to the values, which will be used as invocant.

The forms with |c, Iterable:D \iterable and Hash:D \hash as signatures will fail with X::Cannot::Map, and are mainly meant to catch common traps.

Inside a for statement that has been sunk, a Seq created by a map will also sink:

say gather for 1 {
    ^3 .map: *.take;
} # OUTPUT: «(0 1 2)␤» 

In this case, gather sinks the for statement, and the result of sinking the Seq will be iterating over its elements, calling .take on them.

method deepmap

Defined as:

method deepmap(&block --> Listis nodal

deepmap will apply &block to each element and return a new List with the return values of &block, unless the element does the Iterable role. For those elements deepmap will descend recursively into the sublist.

say [[1,2,3],[[4,5],6,7]].deepmap(* + 1);
# OUTPUT: «[[2 3 4] [[5 6] 7 8]]␤»

In the case of Associatives, it will be applied to its values:

{ what => "is"this => "thing"=> <real list> }.deepmap*.flip ).say
# OUTPUT: «{a => (laer tsil), this => gniht, what => si}␤» 

method duckmap

Defined as:

method duckmap(&blockis rw is nodal

duckmap will apply &block on each element that behaves in such a way that &block can be applied. If it fails, it will descend recursively if possible, or otherwise return the item without any transformation. It will act on values if the object is Associative.

<a b c d e f g>.duckmap(-> $_ where <c d e>.any { .uc }).say;
# OUTPUT: «(a b C D E f g)␤» 
(('d''e'), 'f').duckmap(-> $_ where <e f>.any { .uc }).say;
# OUTPUT: «((d E) F)␤» 
{ first => ('d''e'), second => 'f'}.duckmap(-> $_ where <e f>.any { .uc }).say;
# OUTPUT: «{first => (d E), second => F}␤» 

In the first case, it is applied to c, d and e which are the ones that meet the conditions for the block ({ .uc }) to be applied; the rest are returned as is.

In the second case, the first item is a list that does not meet the condition, so it's visited; that flat list will behave in the same way as the first one. In this case:

say [[1,2,3],[[4,5],6,7]].duckmap*² ); # OUTPUT: «[9 9]␤»

You can square anything as long as it behaves like a number. In this case, there are two arrays with 3 elements each; these arrays will be converted into the number 3 and squared. In the next case, however

say [[1,2,3],[[4,5],6.1,7.2]].duckmap-> Rat $_ { $_²} );
# OUTPUT: «[[1 2 3] [[4 5] 37.21 51.84]]␤»

3-item lists are not Rat, so it descends recursively, but eventually only applies the operation to those that walk (or slither, as the case may be) like a Rat.

Although on the surface (and name), duckmap might look similar to deepmap, the latter is applied recursively regardless of the type of the item.

method nodemap

Defined as:

method nodemap(&block --> Listis nodal

nodemap will apply &block to each element and return a new List with the return values of &block. In contrast to deepmap it will not descend recursively into sublists if it finds elements which do the Iterable role.

say [[1,2,3], [[4,5],6,7], 7].nodemap(*+1);
# OUTPUT: «(4, 4, 8)␤» 
say [[23], [4, [56]]]».nodemap(*+1)
# OUTPUT: «((3 4) (5 3))␤»

The examples above would have produced the exact same results if we had used map instead of nodemap. The difference between the two lies in the fact that map flattens out slips while nodemap doesn't.

say [[2,3], [[4,5],6,7], 7].nodemap({.elems == 1 ?? $_ !! slip});
# OUTPUT: «(() () 7)␤» 
say [[2,3], [[4,5],6,7], 7].map({.elems == 1 ?? $_ !! slip});
# OUTPUT: «(7)␤»

When applied to Associatives, it will act on the values:

{ what => "is"this => "thing" }.nodemap*.flip ).say;
# OUTPUT: «{this => gniht, what => si}␤»

method flat

Defined as:

method flat() is nodal

Interprets the invocant as a list, flattens non-containerized Iterables into a flat list, and returns that list. Keep in mind Map and Hash types are Iterable and so will be flattened into lists of pairs.

say ((12), (3), %(:42a));      # OUTPUT: «((1 2) 3 {a => 42})␤» 
say ((12), (3), %(:42a)).flat# OUTPUT: «(1 2 3 a => 42)␤»

Note that Arrays containerize their elements by default, and so flat will not flatten them. You can use the

hyper method call to call the .List method on all the inner Iterables and so de-containerize them, so that flat can flatten them:

say [[123], [(45), 67]]      .flat# OUTPUT: «([1 2 3] [(4 5) 6 7])␤» 
say [[123], [(45), 67]]».List.flat# OUTPUT: «(1 2 3 4 5 6 7)␤»

For more fine-tuned options, see deepmap, duckmap, and signature destructuring

method eager

Defined as:

method eager() is nodal

Interprets the invocant as a List, evaluates it eagerly, and returns that List.

my  $range = 1..5;
say $range;         # OUTPUT: «1..5␤» 
say $range.eager;   # OUTPUT: «(1 2 3 4 5)␤»

method elems

Defined as:

multi method elems(Any:U: --> 1)
multi method elems(Any:D:)

Interprets the invocant as a list, and returns the number of elements in the list.

say 42.elems;                   # OUTPUT: «1␤» 
say <a b c>.elems;              # OUTPUT: «3␤» 
say Whatever.elems ;            # OUTPUT: «1␤»

It will also return 1 for classes.

method end

multi method end(Any:U: --> 0)
multi method end(Any:D:)

Interprets the invocant as a list, and returns the last index of that list.

say 6.end;                      # OUTPUT: «0␤» 
say <a b c>.end;                # OUTPUT: «2␤»

method pairup

Defined as:

multi method pairup(Any:U:)
multi method pairup(Any:D:)

Returns an empty Seq if the invocant is a type object

Range.pairup.say# OUTPUT: «()␤»

Interprets the invocant as a list, and constructs a list of pairs from it, in the same way that assignment to a Hash does. That is, it takes two consecutive elements and constructs a pair from them, unless the item in the key position already is a pair (in which case the pair is passed through, and the next list item, if any, is considered to be a key again). It returns a Seq of Pairs.

say (=> 1'b''c').pairup.raku;     # OUTPUT: «(:a(1), :b("c")).Seq␤»

sub item

Defined as:

multi item(\x)
multi item(|c)
multi item(Mu $a)

Forces given object to be evaluated in item context and returns the value of it.

say item([1,2,3]).raku;              # OUTPUT: «$[1, 2, 3]␤» 
say item( %apple => 10 ) ).raku;   # OUTPUT: «${:apple(10)}␤» 
say item("abc").raku;                # OUTPUT: «"abc"␤»

You can also use $ as item contextualizer.

say $[1,2,3].raku;                   # OUTPUT: «$[1, 2, 3]␤» 
say $("abc").raku;                   # OUTPUT: «"abc"␤»

method Array

Defined as:

method Array(--> Array:Dis nodal

Coerces the invocant to an Array.

method List

Defined as:

method List(--> List:Dis nodal

Coerces the invocant to List, using the list method.

method serial

Defined as

multi method serial()

This method is Rakudo specific, and is not included in the Raku spec.

The method returns the self-reference to the instance itself:

my $b;                 # defaults to Any 
say $b.serial.^name;   # OUTPUT: «Any␤» 
say $b.^name;          # OUTPUT: «Any␤» 
my $breakfast = 'food';
$breakfast.serial.say# OUTPUT: «food␤» 

This is apparently a no-op, as exemplified by the third example above. However, in HyperSeqs and RaceSeqs it returns a serialized Seq, so it can be considered the opposite of the hyper/race methods. As such, it ensures that we are in serial list-processing mode, as opposed to the autothreading mode of those methods.

method Hash

Defined as:

multi method Hash--> Hash:D)

Coerces the invocant to Hash.

method hash

Defined as:

multi method hash(Any:U:)
multi method hash(Any:D:)

When called on a type object, returns an empty Hash. On instances, it is equivalent to assigning the invocant to a %-sigiled variable and returning that.

Subclasses of Any may choose to return any core type that does the Associative role from .hash. Use .Hash to coerce specifically to Hash.

my $d# $d is Any 
say $d.hash# OUTPUT: {} 
my %m is Map = => 42=> 666;
say %m.hash;  # Map.new((a => 42, b => 666)) 
say %m.Hash;  # {a => 42, b => 666} 

method Slip

Defined as:

method Slip(--> Slip:Dis nodal

Coerces the invocant to Slip.

method Map

Defined as:

method Map(--> Map:Dis nodal

Coerces the invocant to Map.

method Bag

Defined as:

method Bag(--> Bag:Dis nodal

Coerces the invocant to Bag, whereby Positionals are treated as lists of values.

method BagHash

Defined as:

method BagHash(--> BagHash:Dis nodal

Coerces the invocant to BagHash, whereby Positionals are treated as lists of values.

method Set

Defined as:

method Set(--> Set:Dis nodal

Coerces the invocant to Set, whereby Positionals are treated as lists of values.

method SetHash

Defined as:

method SetHash(--> SetHash:Dis nodal

Coerces the invocant to SetHash, whereby Positionals are treated as lists of values.

method Mix

Defined as:

method Mix(--> Mix:Dis nodal

Coerces the invocant to Mix, whereby Positionals are treated as lists of values.

method MixHash

Defined as:

method MixHash(--> MixHash:Dis nodal

Coerces the invocant to MixHash, whereby Positionals are treated as lists of values.

method Supply

Defined as:

method Supply(--> Supply:Dis nodal

First, it coerces the invocant to a list by applying its .list method, and then to a Supply.

routine min

Defined as:

multi method min()
multi method min(&by)
multi sub min(+args:&by!)
multi sub min(+args)

Coerces the invocant to Iterable and returns the numerically smallest element; in the case of Hashes, it returns the Pair with the lowest value.

If a Callable positional argument is provided, each value is passed into the filter, and its return value is compared instead of the original value. The original value is still the one returned from min.

In sub form, the invocant is passed as an argument and a comparison Callable can be specified with the named argument :by.

say (1,7,3).min();              # OUTPUT:«1␤» 
say (1,7,3).min({1/$_});        # OUTPUT:«7␤» 
say min(1,7,3);                 # OUTPUT: «1␤» 
say min(1,7,3,:by{ 1/$_ } )); # OUTPUT: «7␤» 
min( %(=> 3b=> 7 ) ).say ;  # OUTPUT: «a => 3␤»

routine max

Defined as:

multi method max()
multi method max(&by)
multi sub max(+args:&by!)
multi sub max(+args)

Coerces the invocant to Iterable and returns the numerically largest element; in the case of Hashes, the Pair with the highest value.

If a Callable positional argument is provided, each value is passed into the filter, and the return value is compared instead of the original value. The original value is still the one returned from max.

In sub form, the invocant is passed as an argument and a comparison Callable can be specified with the named argument :by.

say (1,7,3).max();                # OUTPUT:«7␤» 
say (1,7,3).max({1/$_});          # OUTPUT:«1␤» 
say max(1,7,3,:by{ 1/$_ } ));   # OUTPUT: «1␤» 
say max(1,7,3);                   # OUTPUT: «7␤» 
max( %(=> 'B'b=> 'C' ) ).say# OUTPUT: «b => C␤»

routine minmax

Defined as:

multi method minmax()
multi method minmax(&by)
multi sub minmax(+args:&by!)
multi sub minmax(+args)

Returns a Range from the smallest to the largest element.

If a Callable positional argument is provided, each value is passed into the filter, and its return value is compared instead of the original value. The original values are still used in the returned Range.

In sub form, the invocant is passed as an argument and a comparison Callable can be specified with the named argument :by.

say (1,7,3).minmax();        # OUTPUT:«1..7␤» 
say (1,7,3).minmax({-$_});   # OUTPUT:«7..1␤» 
say minmax(1,7,3);           # OUTPUT: «1..7␤» 
say minmax(1,7,3,:by( -* )); # OUTPUT: «7..1␤»

method minpairs

Defined as:

multi method minpairs(Any:D:)

Calls .pairs and returns a Seq with all of the Pairs with minimum values, as judged by the cmp operator:

<a b c a b c>.minpairs.raku.put# OUTPUT: «(0 => "a", 3 => "a").Seq␤» 
%(:42a, :75b).minpairs.raku.put# OUTPUT: «(:a(42),).Seq␤»

method maxpairs

Defined as:

multi method maxpairs(Any:D:)

Calls .pairs and returns a Seq with all of the Pairs with maximum values, as judged by the cmp operator:

<a b c a b c>.maxpairs.raku.put# OUTPUT: «(2 => "c", 5 => "c").Seq␤» 
%(:42a, :75b).maxpairs.raku.put# OUTPUT: «(:b(75),).Seq␤»

method keys

Defined as:

multi method keys(Any:U: --> List)
multi method keys(Any:D: --> List)

For defined Any returns its keys after calling list on it, otherwise calls list and returns it.

my $setty = Set(<Þor Oðin Freija>);
say $setty.keys# OUTPUT: «(Þor Oðin Freija)␤»

See also List.keys.

Trying the same on a class will return an empty list, since most of them don't really have keys.

method flatmap

Defined as:

method flatmap(&block:$label)

DEPRECATION NOTICE: This method is deprecated in 6.d and will be removed in 6.e. Use .map followed by .flat instead.

Applies map to every element with the block and Label used as an argument and flattens out the result using .flat.

say "aabbccc".comb.Mix.flatmap: "→ " ~ *# OUTPUT: «(→ b␉2 → c␉3 → a␉2)␤»

In this case, the elements of the Mix are itemized to key␉value, and then mapped and flattened. Same result as

say "aabbccc".comb.Mix.map"→ " ~ * ).flat

Which is why it is deprecated in 6.d and will be eventually eliminated in 6.e.

method roll

Defined as:

multi method roll(--> Any)
multi method roll($n --> Seq)

Coerces the invocant to a list by applying its .list method and uses List.roll on it.

my Mix $m = ("þ" xx 3"ð" xx 4"ß" xx 5).Mix;
say $m.roll;    # OUTPUT: «ð␤» 
say $m.roll(5); # OUTPUT: «(ß ß þ ß þ)␤»

$m, in this case, is converted into a list and then a (weighted in this case) dice is rolled on it. See also List.roll for more information.

method iterator

Defined as:

multi method iterator(Any:)

Returns the object as an iterator after converting it to a list. This is the function called from the for statement.

.say for 3# OUTPUT: «3␤»

Most subclasses redefine this method for optimization, so it's mostly types that do not actually iterate the ones that actually use this implementation.

method pick

Defined as:

multi method pick(--> Any)
multi method pick($n --> Seq)

Coerces the invocant to a list by applying its .list method and uses List.pick on it.

my Range $rg = 'α'..'ω';
say $rg.pick(3); # OUTPUT: «(β α σ)␤»

method skip

Defined as:

multi method skip()
multi method skip(Whatever)
multi method skip(Callable:D $w)
multi method skip(Int() $n)

Creates a Seq from 1-item list's iterator and uses Seq.skip on it, please check that document for real use cases; calling skip without argument is equivalent to skip(1).

Calling it with Whatever will return an empty iterator:

say <1 2 3>.skip(*);   # OUTPUT: «()␤»

The multi that uses a Callable is intended mainly to be used this way:

say <1 2 3>.skip(*-1); # OUTPUT: «(3)␤»

Instead of throwing away the first $n elements, it throws away everything but the elements indicated by the WhateverCode, in this case all but the last one.

method prepend

Defined as:

multi method prepend(Any:U: --> Array)
multi method prepend(Any:U: @values --> Array)

Called with no arguments on an empty variable, it initializes it as an empty Array; if called with arguments, it creates an array and then applies Array.prepend on it.

my $a;
say $a.prepend# OUTPUT: «[]␤» 
say $a;         # OUTPUT: «[]␤» 
my $b;
say $b.prepend(1,2,3); # OUTPUT: «[1 2 3]␤»

method unshift

Defined as:

multi method unshift(Any:U: --> Array)
multi method unshift(Any:U: @values --> Array)

Initializes Any variable as empty Array and calls Array.unshift on it.

my $a;
say $a.unshift# OUTPUT: «[]␤» 
say $a;         # OUTPUT: «[]␤» 
my $b;
say $b.unshift([1,2,3]); # OUTPUT: «[[1 2 3]]␤»

routine first

Defined as:

multi method first(Bool:D $t)
multi method first(Regex:D $test:$end*%a)
multi method first(Callable:D $test:$end*%a is copy)
multi method first(Mu $test:$end*%a)
multi method first(:$end*%a)
multi sub first(Bool:D $t|)
multi sub first(Mu $test+values*%a)

In general, coerces the invocant to a list by applying its .list method and uses List.first on it.

However, this is a multi with different signatures, which are implemented with (slightly) different behavior, although using it as a subroutine is equivalent to using it as a method with the second argument as the object.

For starters, using a Bool as the argument will always return a Failure. The form that uses a $test will return the first element that smartmatches it, starting from the end if :end is used.

say (3..33).first;           # OUTPUT: «3␤» 
say (3..33).first(:end);     # OUTPUT: «33␤» 
say (⅓,⅔…30).first0xF );   # OUTPUT: «15␤» 
say first 0xF, (⅓,⅔…30);     # OUTPUT: «15␤» 
say (3..33).first( /\d\d/ ); # OUTPUT: «10␤»

The third and fourth examples use the Mu $test forms which smartmatches and returns the first element that does. The last example uses as a test a regex for numbers with two figures, and thus the first that meets that criterion is number 10. This last form uses the Callable multi:

say (⅓,⅔…30).first* %% 11:end:kv ); # OUTPUT: «(65 22)␤»

Besides, the search for first will start from the :end and returns the set of key/values in a list; the key in this case is simply the position it occupies in the Seq. The :kv argument, which is part of the %a argument in the definitions above, modifies what first returns, providing it as a flattened list of keys and values; for a listy object, the key will always be the index.

From version 6.d, the test can also be a Junction:

say (⅓,⅔…30).first3 | 33:kv ); # OUTPUT: «(8 3)␤»

method unique

Defined as:

multi method unique()
multi method unique:&as!:&with! )
multi method unique:&as! )
multi method unique:&with! )

Creates a sequence of unique elements either of the object or of values in the case it's called as a sub.

<1 2 2 3 3 3>.unique.say# OUTPUT: «(1 2 3)␤» 
say unique <1 2 2 3 3 3># OUTPUT: «(1 2 3)␤»

The :as and :with parameters receive functions that are used for transforming the item before checking equality, and for checking equality, since by default the === operator is used:

("1"1""2).uniqueas => Intwith => &[==] ).say# OUTPUT: «(1 2)␤»

Please see unique for additional examples that use its sub form.

method repeated

Defined as:

multi method repeated()
multi method repeated:&as!:&with! )
multi method repeated:&as! )
multi method repeated:&with! )

Similarly to unique, finds repeated elements in values (as a routine) or in the object, using the :as associative argument as a normalizing function and :with as equality function.

<1 -1 2 -2 3>.repeated(:as(&abs),:with(&[==])).say# OUTPUT: «(-1 -2)␤» 
(3+3i, 3+2i, 2+1i).repeated(as => *.re).say;        # OUTPUT: «(3+2i)␤»

It returns the last repeated element before normalization, as shown in the example above. See repeated for more examples that use its sub form.

method squish

Defined as:

multi method squish:&as!:&with = &[===] )
multi method squish:&with = &[===] )

Similar to .repeated, returns the sequence of first elements of contiguous sequences of equal elements, after normalization by the function :as, if present, and using as an equality operator the :with argument or === by default.

"aabbccddaa".comb.squish.say;             # OUTPUT: «(a b c d a)␤» 
"aABbccdDaa".comb.squish:as(&lc) ).say# OUTPUT: «(a B c d a)␤» 
(3+2i,3+3i,4+0i).squishas => *.rewith => &[==]).put# OUTPUT: «3+2i 4+0i␤» 

As shown in the last example, a sequence can contain a single element. See squish for additional sub examples.

method permutations

Defined as:

method permutations(|c)

Coerces the invocant to a list by applying its .list method and uses List.permutations on it.

say <a b c>.permutations;
# OUTPUT: «((a b c) (a c b) (b a c) (b c a) (c a b) (c b a))␤» 
say set(1,2).permutations;
# OUTPUT: «((2 => True 1 => True) (1 => True 2 => True))␤»

Permutations of data structures with a single or no element will return a list containing an empty list or a list with a single element.

say 1.permutations# OUTPUT: «((1))␤»

method join

Defined as

method join($separator = ''is nodal

Converts the object to a list by calling self.list, and calls .join on the list. Can take a separator, which is an empty string by default.

(1..3).join.say;       # OUTPUT: «123␤» 
<a b c>.join("").put# OUTPUT: «a❧b❧c␤»

routine categorize

Defined as:

multi method categorize()
multi method categorize(Whatever)
multi method categorize($test:$into!:&as)
multi method categorize($test:&as)
multi sub categorize($test+items:$into!*%named )
multi sub categorize($test+items*%named )

The two first forms fail with an error message.

In its simplest form, it uses a $test whose result will be used as a key; the values of the key will be an array of the elements that produced that key as a result of the test.

say (1..13).categorize* %% 3);
say categorize* %% 31..13)
# OUTPUT: «{False => [1 2 4 5 7 8 10 11 13], True => [3 6 9 12]}␤» 

The :as argument will normalize before categorizing

say categorize* %% 3-5..5as => &abs )
# OUTPUT: «{False => [5 4 2 1 1 2 4 5], True => [3 0 3]}␤» 

The $into associative argument can be used to put the result instead of returning a new Hash

my %leap-years;
my @years = (2002..2009).map{ Date.new$_~"-01-01" ) } );
@years.categorize*.is-leap-year , into => %leap-years );
say %leap-years
# «{ False 
# => [2002-01-01 2003-01-01 2005-01-01 2006-01-01 2007-01-01 2009-01-01], 
#    True => [2004-01-01 2008-01-01]}␤» 

The function used to categorize can return an array indicating all possible bins their argument can be put into:

sub divisible-byInt $n --> Array(Seq) ) {
    gather {
        for <2 3 5 7> {
            take $_ if $n %% $_;
say (3..13).categorize&divisible-by );
# «{2 => [4 6 8 10 12], 3 => [3 6 9 12], 5 => [5 10], 7 => [7]}␤» 

In this case, every number in the range is classified in as many bins as it can be divided by.

routine classify

Defined as:

multi method classify()
multi method classify(Whatever)
multi method classify($test:$into!:&as)
multi method classify($test:&as)
multi sub classify($test+items:$into!*%named )
multi sub classify($test+items*%named )

The two first forms will fail. The rest include a $test, which is a function that will return a scalar for every input; these will be used as keys of a hash whose values will be arrays with the elements that output that key for the test function.

my @years = (2003..2008).map{ Date.new$_~"-01-01" ) } );
@years.classify*.is-leap-year , into => my %leap-years );
say %leap-years;
# OUTPUT: «{False => [2003-01-01 2005-01-01 2006-01-01 2007-01-01], 
#           True => [2004-01-01 2008-01-01]}␤» 

Similarly to .categorize, elements can be normalized by the Callable passed with the :as argument, and it can use the :into named argument to pass a Hash the results will be classified into; in the example above, it's defined on the fly.

From version 6.d, .classify will also work with Junctions.

routine reduce

Defined as:

multi method reduce(Any:U: & --> Nil)
multi method reduce(Any:D: &with)
multi sub reduce (&with+list)

This routine combines the elements in a list-y object, and produces a single result, by applying a binary subroutine. It applies its argument (or first argument for the sub form) as an operator to all the elements in the object (or second argument for the sub form), producing a single result. The subroutine must be either an infix operator or take two positional arguments. When using an infix operator, we must provide the code object of its subroutine version, i.e., the operator category, followed by a colon, then a list quote construct with the symbol(s) that make up the operator (e.g., infix:<+>). See Operators.

say (1..4).reduce(&infix:<+>);   # OUTPUT: «10␤» 
say reduce &infix:<+>1..4;     # OUTPUT: «10␤» 
say reduce &min1..4;           # OUTPUT: «1␤» 
sub hyphenate(Str \aStr \b{ a ~ '-' ~ b }
say reduce &hyphenate'a'..'c'# OUTPUT: «a-b-c␤»

Applied to a class, the routine will always return Nil.

say Range.reduce(&infix:<+>);    # OUTPUT: «Nil␤» 
say Str.reduce(&infix:<~>);      # OUTPUT: «Nil␤»

See List.reduce for a more thorough discussion.

routine produce

Defined as:

multi method produce(Any:U: & --> Nil)
multi method produce(Any:D: &with)
multi sub produce (&with+list)

This is similar to reduce, but returns a list with the accumulated values instead of a single result.

<10 5 3>.reduce( &[*] ).say ; # OUTPUT: «150␤» 
<10 5 3>.produce( &[*] ).say# OUTPUT: «(10 50 150)␤» 

The last element of the produced list would be the output produced by the .reduce method.

If it's a class, it will simply return Nil.

method pairs

Defined as:

multi method pairs(Any:U:)
multi method pairs(Any:D:)

Returns an empty List if the invocant is a type object:

say Num.pairs# OUTPUT: «()␤»

For a value object, it converts the invocant to a List via the list method and returns the result of List.pairs on it.

<1 2 2 3 3 3>.Bag.pairs.say;# OUTPUT: «(1 => 1 3 => 3 2 => 2)␤»

In this case, every element (with weight) in a bag is converted to a pair.

method antipairs

Defined as:

multi method antipairs(Any:U:)
multi method antipairs(Any:D:)

Returns an empty List if the invocant is a type object

Range.antipairs.say# OUTPUT: «()␤»

If it's a value object, it returns the inverted list of pairs after converting it to a list of pairs; the values will become keys and the other way round.

%(=> 1t=> 2=> 3).antipairs.say ;# OUTPUT: «(2 => t 1 => s 3 => u)␤»

method invert

Defined as:

multi method invert(Any:U:)
multi method invert(Any:D:)

Applied to a type object will return an empty list; applied to an object will convert it to a list and apply List.invert to it, that is, interchange key with value in every Pair. The resulting list needs to be a list of Pairs.

"aaabbcccc".comb.Bag.invert.say# OUTPUT: «(4 => c 3 => a 2 => b)␤»

In this case, a Bag can be converted to a list of Pairs. If the result of converting the object to a list is not a list of pairs, the method will fail.

routine kv

Defined as:

multi method kv(Any:U:)
multi method kv(Any:D:)
multi sub    kv($x)

Returns an empty List if the invocant is a type object:

Sub.kv.say ;# OUTPUT: «()␤»

It calls list on the invocant for value objects and returns the result of List.kv on it as a list where keys and values will be ordered and contiguous

<1 2 3>.kv.say# OUTPUT: «(0 1 1 2 2 3)␤»

In the case of Positionals, the indices will be considered keys.

method toggle

Defined as:

method toggle(Any:D: *@conditions where .all ~~ Callable:DBool :$off  --> Seq:D)

Iterates over the invocant, producing a Seq, toggling whether the received values are propagated to the result on and off, depending on the results of calling Callables in @conditions:

say (1..15).toggle(* < 5, * > 10* < 15); # OUTPUT: «(1 2 3 4 11 12 13 14)␤» 
say (1..15).toggle(:off* > 2* < 5, * > 10* < 15); # OUTPUT: «(3 4 11 12 13 14)␤» 

Imagine a switch that's either on or off (True or False), and values are produced if it's on. By default, the initial state of that switch is in "on" position, unless :$off is set to a true value, in which case the initial state will be "off".

A Callable from the head of @conditions is taken (if any are available) and it becomes the current tester. Each value from the original sequence is tested by calling the tester Callable with that value. The state of our imaginary switch is set to the return value from the tester: if it's truthy, set switch to "on", otherwise set it to "off".

Whenever the switch is toggled (i.e. switched from "off" to "on" or from "on" to "off"), the current tester Callable is replaced by the next Callable in @conditions, if available, which will be used to test any further values. If no more tester Callables are available, the switch will remain in its current state until the end of iteration.

# our original sequence of elements: 
say list ^10# OUTPUT: «(0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9)␤» 
# toggled result: 
say ^10 .toggle: * < 4* %% 2&is-prime# OUTPUT: «(0 1 2 3 6 7)␤» 
# First tester Callable is `* < 4` and initial state of switch is "on". 
# As we iterate over our original sequence: 
# 0 => 0 < 4 === True  switch is on, value gets into result, switch is 
#                      toggled, so we keep using the same Callable: 
# 1 => 1 < 4 === True  same 
# 2 => 2 < 4 === True  same 
# 3 => 3 < 4 === True  same 
# 4 => 4 < 4 === False switch is now off, "4" does not make it into the 
#                      result. In addition, our switch got toggled, so 
#                      we're switching to the next tester Callable 
# 5 => 5 %% 2 === False  switch is still off, keep trying to find a value 
# 6 => 6 %% 2 === True   switch is now on, take "6" into result. The switch 
#                        toggled, so we'll use the next tester Callable 
# 7 => is-prime(7) === True  switch is still on, take value and keep going 
# 8 => is-prime(8) === False switch is now off, "8" does not make it into 
#                            the result. The switch got toggled, but we 
#                            don't have any more tester Callables, so it 
#                            will remain off for the rest of the sequence. 

Since the toggle of the switch's state loads the next tester Callable, setting :$off to a True value affects when first tester is discarded:

# our original sequence of elements: 
say <0 1 2># OUTPUT: «(0 1 2)␤» 
# toggled result: 
say <0 1 2>.toggle: * > 1# OUTPUT: «()␤» 
# First tester Callable is `* > 1` and initial state of switch is "on". 
# As we iterate over our original sequence: 
# 0 => 0 > 1 === False  switch is off, "0" does not make it into result. 
#                      In addition, switch got toggled, so we change the 
#                      tester Callable, and since we don't have any more 
#                      of them, the switch will remain "off" until the end 

The behavior changes when :off is used:

# our original sequence of elements: 
say <0 1 2># OUTPUT: «(0 1 2)␤» 
# toggled result: 
say <0 1 2>.toggle: :off* > 1# OUTPUT: «(2)␤» 
# First tester Callable is `* > 1` and initial state of switch is "off". 
# As we iterate over our original sequence: 
# 0 => 0 > 1 === False  switch is off, "0" does not make it into result. 
#                       The switch did NOT get toggled this time, so we 
#                       keep using our current tester Callable 
# 1 => 1 > 1 === False  same 
# 2 => 2 > 1 === True   switch is on, "2" makes it into the result 

method head

Defined as:

multi method head(Any:D:is raw
multi method head(Any:D: Callable:D $w)
multi method head(Any:D: $n)

Returns either the first element in the object, or the first $n if that's used.

"aaabbc".comb.Mix.head.put# OUTPUT: «c␉1␤» 
"aaabbc".comb.Mix.head.put# OUTPUT: «a␉3␤» 
say ^10 .head(5);           # OUTPUT: «(0 1 2 3 4)␤» 
say ^∞ .head(5);            # OUTPUT: «(0 1 2 3 4)␤» 
say ^10 .head;              # OUTPUT: «0␤» 
say ^∞ .head;               # OUTPUT: «0␤»

In the first two cases, the results are different since there's no defined order in Mixes. In the other cases, it returns a Seq. A Callable can be used to return all but the last elements:

say (^10).head* - 3 );# OUTPUT: «(0 1 2 3 4 5 6)␤»

method tail

Defined as:

multi method tail() is raw
multi method tail($n)

Returns the last or the list of the $n last elements of an object. $n can be a Callable, usually a WhateverCode, which will be used to get all but the first n elements of the object.

say (^12).reverse.tail ;     # OUTPUT: «0␤» 
say (^12).reverse.tail(3);   # OUTPUT: «(2 1 0)␤» 
say (^12).reverse.tail(*-7); # OUTPUT: «(4 3 2 1 0)␤» 

method tree

Defined as:

multi method tree(Any:U:)
multi method tree(Any:D:)
multi method tree(Any:D: Whatever )
multi method tree(Any:D: Int(Cool$count)
multi method tree(Any:D: @ [&first*@rest])
multi method tree(Any:D: &first*@rest)

Returns the class if it's undefined or if it's not Iterable, returns the result of applying the tree method to its invocant otherwise.

say Any.tree# OUTPUT: «Any␤»

.tree has different prototypes for Iterable elements.

my @floors = ( 'A', ('B','C', ('E','F','G')));
say @floors.tree(1).flat.elems# OUTPUT: «6␤» 
say @floors.tree(2).flat.elems# OUTPUT: «2␤» 
say @floors.tree*.join("-"),*.join(""),*.join("|"));# OUTPUT: «A-B—C—E|F|G␤» 

With a number, it iteratively applies tree to every element in the lower level; the first instance will apply .tree(0) to every element in the array, and likewise for the next example.

The second prototype applies the Whatever code passed as arguments to every level in turn; the first argument will go to level 1 and so on. tree can, thus, be a great way to process complex all levels of complex, multi-level, data structures.

method nl-out

Defined as:

method nl-out(--> Str)

Returns Str with the value of "\n". See IO::Handle.nl-out for the details.

Num.nl-out.print;     # OUTPUT: «␤» 
Whatever.nl-out.print;# OUTPUT: «␤» 
33.nl-out.print;      # OUTPUT: «␤»

method combinations

Defined as:

method combinations(|c)

Coerces the invocant to a list by applying its .list method and uses List.combinations on it.

say (^3).combinations# OUTPUT: «(() (0) (1) (2) (0 1) (0 2) (1 2) (0 1 2))␤» 

Combinations on an empty data structure will return a list with a single element, an empty list; on a data structure with a single element it will return a list with two lists, one of them empty and the other with a single element.

say set().combinations# OUTPUT: «(())␤»

method grep

Defined as:

method grep(Mu $matcher:$k:$kv:$p:$v --> Seq)

Coerces the invocant to a list by applying its .list method and uses List.grep on it.

For undefined invocants, based on $matcher the return value can be either ((Any)) or the empty List.

my $a;
say $a.grep({ True }); # OUTPUT: «((Any))␤» 
say $a.grep({ $_ });   # OUTPUT: «()␤»

method append

Defined as:

multi method append(Any:U \SELF: |values)

In the case the instance is not a positional-thing, it instantiates it as a new Array, otherwise clone the current instance. After that, it appends the values passed as arguments to the array obtained calling Array.append on it.

my $a;
say $a.append# OUTPUT: «[]␤» 
my $b;
say $b.append((1,2,3)); # OUTPUT: «[1 2 3]␤»

method values

Defined as:

multi method values(Any:U:)
multi method values(Any:D:)

Will return an empty list for undefined or class arguments, and the object converted to a list otherwise.

say (1..3).values# OUTPUT: «(1 2 3)␤» 
say List.values;   # OUTPUT: «()␤»

method collate

Defined as:

method collate()

Collate sorts taking into account Unicode grapheme characteristics; that is, sorting more or less as one would expect instead of using the order in which their codepoints appear. collate will behave this way if the object it is applied to is Iterable.

say ('a''Z').sort# (Z a) 
say ('a''Z').collate# (a Z) 
say <ä a o ö>.collate# (a ä o ö) 
my %hash = 'aa' => 'value''Za' => 'second';
say %hash.collate# (aa => value Za => second); 

This method is affected by the $*COLLATION variable, which configures the four collation levels. While Primary, Secondary and Tertiary mean different things for different scripts, for the Latin script used in English they mostly correspond with Primary being Alphabetic, Secondary being Diacritics and Tertiary being Case.

In the example below you can see how when we disable tertiary collation which in Latin script generally is for case, and also disable quaternary which breaks any ties by checking the codepoint values of the strings, we get Same back for A and a:

$*COLLATION.set(:quaternary(False), :tertiary(False));
say 'a' coll 'A'# OUTPUT: «Same␤» 
say ('a','A').collate == ('A','a').collate# OUTPUT: «True␤»

The variable affects the coll operator as shown as well as this method.

method cache

Defined as:

method cache()

Provides a List representation of the object itself, calling the method list on the instance.

method batch

Defined as:

multi method batch(Int:D $batch)
multi method batch(Int:D :$elems!)

Coerces the invocant to a list by applying its .list method and uses List.batch on it.

method rotor

Defined as:

multi method rotor(Any:D: Int:D $batch:$partial)
multi method rotor(Any:D: *@cycle:$partial)

Creates a Seq that groups the elements of the object in lists of $batch elements.

say (3..9).rotor(3); # OUTPUT: «((3 4 5) (6 7 8))␤»

With the :partial named argument, it will also include lists that do not get to be the $batch size:

say (3..10).rotor(3:partial); # OUTPUT: «((3 4 5) (6 7 8) (9 10))␤»

.rotor can be called with an array of integers and pairs, which will be applied in turn. While integers will establish the batch size, as above, Pairs will use the key as batch size and the value as number of elements to skip if it's positive, or overlap if it's negative.

say (3..11).rotor(32 => 13 => -2:partial);
# OUTPUT: «((3 4 5) (6 7) (9 10 11) (10 11))␤»

In this case, the first batch (ruled by an integer) has 3 elements; the second one has 2 elements (key of the pair), but skips one (the number 8); the third one has size 2 (because partials are allowed), and an overlap of 2 also.

The overlap cannot be larger than the sublist size; in that case, it will throw an Exception:

say (3..11).rotor(32 => 13 => -4:partial);
# OUTPUT: «(exit code 1) Rotorizing gap is out of range. Is: -4, should be in 
# -3..^Inf; ␤Ensure a negative gap is not larger than the length of the 
# sublist␤ ␤␤» 

Non-Int values of $batch will be coerced to Int:

say (3..9).rotor(3+⅓); # OUTPUT: «((3 4 5) (6 7 8))␤»

Please see also list.rotor for examples applied to lists.

method sum

Defined as:

method sum() is nodal

If the content is iterable, it returns the sum of the values after pulling them one by one.

(3,2,1).sum# OUTPUT: «6␤» 
say 3.sum;   # OUTPUT: «3␤» 

It will fail if any of the elements cannot be converted to a number.