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Tremor-script provides access to a growing number of functions that allow advanced data manipulation or access to additional information.

Functions are namespaced to make identification easier.

Tremor also supports user defined functions. There are a few noteworthy restrictions:

  1. Functions are pure / side effect free - you can not mutate event, state, or $ inside of a function.
  2. Functions have to return a value, as tremor-script is expression oriented.
  3. Functions can only be defined once, even if they take different forms or arguments. Function overloading is not supported.
  4. In matching functions, a default case is required.
  5. Functions can call other functions but they have to be a priori defined. The order of definitions is significant.
  6. Tail recursion is supported, and constrained to a maximum recursion depth. A recursion depth is imposed as tremor-script is designed to operate on infinite streams of data so indefinite blocking/recursion is not supportable by design.

function clause

Lets look at the types of functions we have.

Intrinsic Functions

intrinsic fn

Intrinsic functions represent builtin or pre-defined functions implemented in the rust programming language that are a builtin component of the tremor project and are provided out of the box.

The function reference in this documentation set, for example, is generated from the documentation provided in the standard library. The standard library is primarily composed of intrinsic or bulitin functions.

Standard functions

standard fn

fn args

fn body

Standard functions are functions that take a given number of arguments, each with a name. This function can be tail-recursive. An example would be:

## This function adds two values together
fn add(a, b) with
  a + b

Variable arguments

It is possible to use variable arguments by appending a final ... ellipsis in a standard function definition. The anonymous arguments will be provided via the args keyword.


Tail-recursion is provided for fixed arity ( number of arguments ) tandard functions.

Tremor imposes a restriction in recursion depth. As tremor is an event processing system it is not desireable to have long running functions that block events from being processed through the system.

use std::array;

fn sum_(e, es) with
  let l = array::len(es);
  match l of
    case l when l > 0 => let a = es[0], recur(e + es[0], es[1:l])
    default => e

fn sum(...) with
  sum_(0, args)

Match functions

match fn

fn args

fn case

fn default

Since matching and extracting are a core functionality for tremor matching on function arguments is directly supported.

The same patterns that are used in match can be used in function cases including extractors. If any extracting pattern is used and matches the function argument will be replaced by the result of the extraction.

## calculates the fibonaci sequence
fn fib_(a, b, n) of
  case (a, b, n) when n > 0 => recur(b, a + b, n - 1)
  default => a

## calculates the fibonaci sequence
fn fib(n) with
  fib_(0, 1, n)