prom-attire 0.1.0

Procedural Macro for Procedural Macros to parse attributes

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Procedural Macro Attributes

For when you need the best dressed procedural macro.


This project uses clippy and denies warnings in CI builds. To ensure your changes will be accepted please check them with cargo clippy (available via cargo install clippy on nightly rust) before submitting a pull request (along with cargo test as usual).

Both the nightly date and clippy version used in CI are pinned in the .travis.yml as clippy sometimes breaks for a few days after a new nightly is published, feel free to update to a new known good pair anytime as part of a pull request.

Why Three Crates

Why not three crates?

One issue with current procedural macros is that crates defining procedural macros can't use their own procedural macros. In this case prom-attire wants to have some attributes controlling how it parses the attributes (at the moment, only the top level "scope" attribute identifier, i.e. the value attire in #[attire(scope = shoes)]), obviously prom-attire will need to parse these attributes out to get the details it needs, but the entire point of prom-attire is to make parsing attributes pain-free, having a manual parser in prom-attire itself mean any upgrades to the parsing code generated by prom-attire would probably have to be duplicated in the parsing code inside prom-attire itself.

Luckily there is a solution, by using three crates ;-)

The base is prom-attire-impl, this implements the entirety of the procedural derive, but does not itself define a procedural derive macro. Instead it exports a single function taking in the AST provided to a procedural derive and some configuration and returns the derived implementation.

Next prom-attire-bootstrap defines a simple procedural derive macro FromAttributesBootstrap that calls into prom-attire-impl with a hardcoded configuration.

Finally prom-attire defines a slightly more complicated procedural derive macro (FromAttributes) that parses some attributes (using a parser derived with FromAttributesBootstrap), then calls into prom-attire-impl with a configuration derived from those parsed attributes. This is the "public" entrypoint to the crates, technically the others could be used but they're unlikely to be useful.

So, in the end prom-attire is a crate defining a procedural derive macro, to help developers write procedural derive macros, that uses a procedural derive in its implementation (no, that is not inception).


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