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4 Typed Classes

Warning: the features described in this section are experimental and may not work correctly. Some of the features will change by the next release. In particular, typed-untyped interaction for classes will not be backwards compatible so do not rely on the current semantics.

Typed Racket provides support for object-oriented programming with the classes and objects provided by the racket/class library.

4.1 Special forms

 (require typed/racket/class) package: typed-racket-lib

The special forms below are provided by the typed/racket/class and typed/racket modules but not by typed/racket/base. The typed/racket/class module additional provides all other bindings from racket/class.


(class superclass-expr
  class-clause ...)
class-clause = (inspect inspector-expr)
  | (init init-decl ...)
  | (init-field init-decl ...)
  | (init-rest id/type)
  | (field field-decl ...)
  | (inherit-field field-decl ...)
  | (public maybe-renamed/type ...)
  | (pubment maybe-renamed/type ...)
  | (override maybe-renamed/type ...)
  | (augment maybe-renamed/type ...)
  | (private id/type ...)
  | (inherit id ...)
  | method-definition
  | definition
  | expr
  | (begin class-clause ...)
maybe-type-parameters = 
  | #:forall (type-variable ...)
  | #:∀ (type-variable ...)
init-decl = id/type
  | [renamed]
  | [renamed : type-expr]
  | [maybe-renamed default-value-expr]
  | [maybe-renamed : type-expr default-value-expr]
field-decl = (maybe-renamed default-value-expr)
  | (maybe-renamed : type-expr default-value-expr)
id/type = id
  | [id : type-expr]
maybe-renamed/type = maybe-renamed
  | [maybe-renamed : type-expr]
maybe-renamed = id
  | renamed
renamed = (internal-id external-id)
Produces a class with type annotations that allows Typed Racket to type-check the methods, fields, and other clauses in the class.

The meaning of the class clauses are the same as in the class form from the racket/class library with the exception of the additional optional type annotations. Additional class clause forms from class that are not listed in the grammar above are not currently supported in Typed Racket.


> (define fish%
    (class object%
      (init [size : Real])
      (: current-size Real)
      (define current-size size)
      (: get-size (-> Real))
      (define/public (get-size)
      (: grow (Real -> Void))
      (define/public (grow amt)
        (set! current-size (+ amt current-size)))
      (: eat ((Object [get-size (-> Real)]) -> Void))
      (define/public (eat other-fish)
        (grow (send other-fish get-size)))))
> (define dory (new fish% [size 5.5]))

Within a typed class form, one of the class clauses must be a call to super-new. Failure to call super-new will result in a type error. In addition, dynamic uses of super-new (e.g., calling it in a separate function within the dynamic extent of the class form’s clauses) are restricted.


> (class object%
    ; Note the missing `super-new`
    (init-field [x : Real 0] [y : Real 0]))

Type Checker: typed classes must call super-new at the class


  in: #%top-interaction

If any identifier with an optional type annotation is left without an annotation, the type-checker will assume the type Any (or Procedure for methods) for that identifier.


> (define point%
    (class object%
      (init-field x y)))
> point%

- : (Class (init (x Any) (y Any)) (field (x Any) (y Any)))


When type-variable is provided, the class is parameterized over the given type variables. These type variables are in scope inside the body of the class. The resulting class can be instantiated at particular types using inst.


> (define cons%
    (class object%
      #:forall (X Y)
      (init-field [car : X] [cdr : Y])))
> cons%

- : (All (X Y) (Class (init (car X) (cdr Y)) (field (car X) (cdr Y))))


> (new (inst cons% Integer String) [car 5] [cdr "foo"])

- : (Object (field (car Integer) (cdr String)))

(object:cons% ...)

Initialization arguments may be provided by-name using the new form, by-position using the make-object form, or both using the instantiate form.

As in ordinary Racket classes, the order in which initialization arguments are declared determines the order of initialization types in the class type.

Furthermore, a class may also have a typed init-rest clause, in which case the class constructor takes an unbounded number of arguments by-position. The type of the init-rest clause must be either a List type, Listof type, or any other list type.


> (define point-copy%
    ; a point% with a copy constructor
    (class object%
      (init-rest [rst : (U (List Integer Integer)
                           (List (Object (field [x Integer]
                                                [y Integer]))))])
      (field [x : Integer 0] [y : Integer 0])
      (match rst
        [(list (? integer? *x) *y)
         (set! x *x) (set! y *y)]
        [(list (? (negate integer?) obj))
         (set! x (get-field x obj))
         (set! y (get-field y obj))])))
> (define p1 (make-object point-copy% 1 2))
> (make-object point-copy% p1)

- : (Object (field (x Integer) (y Integer)))

(object:point-copy% ...)

4.2 Types


(Class class-type-clause ...)

class-type-clause = name+type
  | (init init-type ...)
  | (init-field init-type ...)
  | (init-rest name+type)
  | (field name+type ...)
  | (augment name+type ...)
  | #:implements type-alias-id
  | #:row-var row-var-id
init-type = name+type
  | [id type #:optional]
name+type = [id type]
The type of a class with the given initialization argument, method, and field types.

The types of methods are provided either without a keyword, in which case they correspond to public methods, or with the augment keyword, in which case they correspond to a method that can be augmented.

An initialization argument type specifies a name and type and optionally a #:optional keyword. An initialization argument type with #:optional corresponds to an argument that does not need to be provided at object instantiation.

The order of initialization arguments in the type is significant, because it determines the types of by-position arguments for use with make-object and instantiate.

When type-alias-id is provided, the resulting class type includes all of the initialization argument, method, and field types from the specified type alias (which must be an alias for a class type). Multiple #:implements clauses may be provided for a single class type.


> (define-type Point<%> (Class (field [x Real] [y Real])))
> (: colored-point% (Class #:implements Point<%>
                           (field [color String])))

When row-var-id is provided, the class type is an abstract type that is row polymorphic. A row polymorphic class type can be instantiated at a specific row using inst. Only a single #:row-var clause may appear in a class type.



The supertype of all class types. A value of this type cannot be used for subclassing, object creation, or most other class functions. Its primary use is for reflective operations such as is-a?.


(Object object-type-clause ...)

object-type-clause = name+type
  | (field name+type ...)
The type of an object with the given field and method types.


> (new object%)

- : (Object)


> (new (class object% (super-new) (field [x : Real 0])))

- : (Object (field (x Real)))

(object ...)


(Instance class-type-expr)

The type of an object that corresponds to class-type-expr.

This is the same as an Object type that has all of the method and field types from class-type-expr. The types for the augment and init clauses in the class type are ignored.