[erlang-questions] Overloaded function specifications as types

Alex S. alex0player@REDACTED
Mon Jan 23 11:38:29 CET 2017

> 23 янв. 2017 г., в 13:30, Dániel Szoboszlay <dszoboszlay@REDACTED> написал(а):
> A function's type specification can be overloaded:
> -spec foo(integer()) -> integer()
>        ; (atom()) -> atom().
> Is there a way I can use this overloaded function's type in non-spec contexts? Like I want to say bar/1 takes a function as an argument that has a spec like foo/1 above.
> I can think of the following options, but neither of them is exactly what I want:
> -spec bar(fun((integer() | atom()) -> integer() | atom())) -> ok.
> %% Allows a function taking an integer and returning an atom.
> -spec bar(fun((integer()) -> integer()) | fun((atom()) -> atom())) -> ok.
> %% Allows fun erlang:atom_to_list/1, which doesn't work on integers at all.
Unfortunately, that requires having contravariant first-class types, which Dialyzer doesn’t support by design currently.
Best thing you can do in your case is writing fun((X) -> X) when X :: atom().
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