Scala Language Dynamic Invocation Field Accesses


Example

This:

class Foo extends Dynamic {
  // Expressions are only rewritten to use Dynamic if they are not already valid
  // Therefore foo.realField will not use select/updateDynamic
  var realField: Int = 5
  // Called for expressions of the type foo.field
  def selectDynamic(fieldName: String) = ???
  def updateDynamic(fieldName: String)(value: Int) = ???
}

allows for simple access to fields:

val foo: Foo = ???
foo.realField // Does NOT use Dynamic; accesses the actual field
foo.realField = 10 // Actual field access here too
foo.unrealField // Becomes foo.selectDynamic(unrealField)
foo.field = 10  // Becomes foo.updateDynamic("field")(10)
foo.field = "10" // Does not compile; "10" is not an Int.
foo.x() // Does not compile; Foo does not define applyDynamic, which is used for methods.
foo.x.apply() // DOES compile, as Nothing is a subtype of () => Any
// Remember, the compiler is still doing static type checks, it just has one more way to
// "recover" and rewrite otherwise invalid code now.