#memoization #cache #proc-macro

macro memoize

Attribute macro for auto-memoizing functions with somewhat-simple signatures

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A #[memoize] attribute for somewhat simple Rust functions: That is, functions with one or more Clone-able arguments, and a Clone-able return type. That's it.

Read the documentation (cargo doc --open) for the sparse details, or take a look at the examples/, if you want to know more:

// From examples/test2.rs

use memoize::memoize;

fn hello(arg: String, arg2: usize) -> bool {
  arg.len()%2 == arg2

fn main() {
  // `hello` is only called once here.
  assert!(! hello("World".to_string(), 0));
  assert!(! hello("World".to_string(), 0));
  // Sometimes one might need the original function.
  assert!(! memoized_original_hello("World".to_string(), 0));

This is expanded into (with a few simplifications):

// This is obviously further expanded before compiling.
lazy_static! {
  static ref MEMOIZED_MAPPING_HELLO : Mutex<HashMap<String, bool>>;

fn memoized_original_hello(arg: String, arg2: usize) -> bool {
  arg.len() % 2 == arg2

fn hello(arg: String, arg2: usize) -> bool {
  let mut hm = &mut MEMOIZED_MAPPING_HELLO.lock().unwrap();
  if let Some(r) = hm.get(&(arg.clone(), arg2.clone())) {
    return r.clone();
  let r = memoized_original_hello(arg.clone(), arg2.clone());
  hm.insert((arg, arg2), r.clone());

Further Functionality

You can choose to use an LRU cache. In fact, if you know that a memoized function has an unbounded number of different inputs, you should do this! In that case, use the attribute like this:

// From examples/test1.rs
// Compile with --features=full
use memoize::memoize;

#[derive(Debug, Clone)]
struct ComplexStruct {
  // ...

#[memoize(Capacity: 123)]
fn hello(key: String) -> ComplexStruct {
  // ...

Adding more caches and configuration options is relatively simple, and a matter of parsing attribute parameters. Currently, compiling will fail if you use a parameter such as Capacity without the feature full being enabled.

Another parameter is TimeToLive, specifying how long a cached value is allowed to live:

#[memoize(Capacity: 123, TimeToLive: Duration::from_secs(2))]

chrono::Duration is also possible, but would have to first be converted to std::time::Duration

#[memoize(TimeToLive: chrono::Duration::hours(3).to_std().unwrap())]

The cached value will never be older than duration provided and instead recalculated on the next request.


...are always welcome! This being my first procedural-macros crate, I am grateful for improvements of functionality and style. Please send a pull request, and don't be discouraged if it takes a while for me to review it; I'm sometimes a bit slow to catch up here :) -- Lewin


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