[erlang-questions] String to Function

Bob Cowdery <>
Mon Dec 18 12:01:50 CET 2006

Thanks very much for the prompt response, works a treat. I need the latter but it's an initialisation thing so efficiency is not an issue.



On 12/18/06, Bob Cowdery <> wrote:
> Is there some way to call a function from a string or atom representation, i.e. to call it indirectly when the code does not know at compile time what function will be called.

If for example
    M = lists,
    F = seq,
you can write
    apply(M, F, [1, 5])

The latter is quite expensive and should only be used when the number
of arguments isn't known at compile time.

best regards,

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