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From Leonard Brünings <>
Subject Get reference to enclosing closure
Date Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:27:27 GMT

I'm Leonard from the Spock framework team. Guillaume suggested that I 
write to the dev-list with this problem.

Some context:

Spock has a method `with(Object, Closure)` in its Specification class 
that sets the object as the delegate of the closure and transforms,
every call inside the closure to an implicit assertion.

       def person = new Person(name: "Peter", age: 28)

       with(person) {
           name == 'Peter'
           age == 28

This worked fine for properties, however for single methods like 
`contains` it didn't work.

The initial problem is described here

Here is the gist:

This snippet

d|ef list = [1, 2] with(list) { contains(1) } |

transforms in AST (simplified) to

|def list = [1, 2] with(list) { SpockRuntime.verifyMethodCondition(this, 
"contains", [1]) } |

then when the AST is written to bytecode it gets transformed again

|def list = [1, 2] with(list) { 
SpockRuntime.verifyMethodCondition(this.getThisObject(), "contains", [1]) }|

The problem is that the `contains` is now invoked on the containing 
`Specification` instead of the `List`.

With the aforementioned PR it was changed to this

|def list = [1, 2] with(list) { 
"contains", [1]) } |

This "fix" now broke the nesting of `with` blocks as described here:

Do you have any ideas on how to fix this elegantly?

- Cheers



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