1. Module (chicken keyword)
    1. get-keyword
    2. keyword?
    3. keyword->string
    4. string->keyword

Module (chicken keyword)

Keywords are special symbols prefixed with #: that evaluate to themselves. Procedures can use keywords to accept optional named parameters in addition to normal required parameters. Assignment to and binding of keyword symbols is not allowed.

The parameter keyword-style and the compiler/interpreter option -keyword-style can be used to allow an additional keyword syntax, either compatible to Common LISP, or to DSSSL. As long as this parameter is set to #:suffix, CHICKEN conforms to SRFI-88.


[procedure] (get-keyword KEYWORD ARGLIST [THUNK])

Returns the argument from ARGLIST specified under the keyword KEYWORD. If the keyword is not found, then the zero-argument procedure THUNK is invoked and the result value is returned. If THUNK is not given, #f is returned.

(define (increase x . args)
  (+ x (get-keyword #:amount args (lambda () 1))) )
(increase 123)                                      ==> 124
(increase 123 #:amount 10)                          ==> 133

Note: the KEYWORD may actually be any kind of object.


[procedure] (keyword? X)

Returns #t if X is a keyword symbol, or #f otherwise.


[procedure] (keyword->string KEYWORD)

Transforms KEYWORD into a string.


[procedure] (string->keyword STRING)

Returns a keyword with the name STRING.

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