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Groovy example source code file (MethodPointerExpression.java)

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The Groovy MethodPointerExpression.java source code

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 * you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
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package org.codehaus.groovy.ast.expr;

import groovy.lang.Closure;

import org.codehaus.groovy.ast.ClassHelper;
import org.codehaus.groovy.ast.ClassNode;
import org.codehaus.groovy.ast.GroovyCodeVisitor;

 * Represents a method pointer on an object such as
 * foo.&bar which means find the method pointer on foo for the method called "bar"
 * which is equivalent to
 * <code>
 * foo.metaClass.getMethodPointer(foo, "bar")
 * @version $Revision: 20590 $
public class MethodPointerExpression extends Expression {

    private Expression expression;
    private Expression methodName;

    public MethodPointerExpression(Expression expression, Expression methodName) {
        this.expression = expression;
        this.methodName = methodName;

    public Expression getExpression() {
        if (expression == null)
            return VariableExpression.THIS_EXPRESSION;
            return expression;

    public Expression getMethodName() {
        return methodName;

    public void visit(GroovyCodeVisitor visitor) {

    public Expression transformExpression(ExpressionTransformer transformer) {
        Expression ret;
        Expression mname = transformer.transform(methodName);
        if (expression == null) {
            ret = new MethodPointerExpression(VariableExpression.THIS_EXPRESSION, mname);
        } else {
            ret = new MethodPointerExpression(transformer.transform(expression), mname);
        return ret;

    public String getText() {
        if (expression == null) {
            return "&" + methodName;
        } else {
            return expression.getText() + ".&" + methodName.getText();

    public ClassNode getType() {
        return ClassHelper.CLOSURE_TYPE;

    public boolean isDynamic() {
        return false;

    public Class getTypeClass() {
        return Closure.class;

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