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Compact syntax for short lambda
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This package implements the macro ##, which provides compact syntax for short lambda, without actually being new syntax, which would be difficult to get merged into Emacs. Past attempts to add syntax were met with determined pushback and the use of a macro was suggested as an alternative.

The ## macro, whose signature is (## FN &rest args), expands to a lambda expressions, which wraps around its arguments.

This lambda expression calls the function FN with arguments ARGS and returns its value. Its own arguments are derived from symbols found in ARGS.

Each symbol from %1 through %9, which appears in ARGS, specifies an argument. Each symbol from &1 through &9, which appears in ARGS, specifies an optional argument. All arguments following an optional argument have to be optional as well, thus their names have to begin with &. Symbol &* specifies extra (&rest) arguments.

Instead of %1, the shorthand % can be used; but that should only be done if it is the only argument, and using both %1 and % is not allowed. Likewise & can be substituted for &1. Finally, for backward compatibility, %* can be used in place of &*, but only if there are no optional arguments.

Instead of:

(lambda (a _ &optional c &rest d)
  (foo a (bar c) d))

you can use this macro and write:

(##foo %1 (bar &3) &*)

which expands to:

(lambda (%1 _%2 &optional &3 &rest %*)
  (foo %1 (bar &3) %*))

The name ## was choosen because that allows (optionally) omitting the whitespace between it and the following symbol. It also looks similar to #'function.