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1.4.2 Evaluation

You can evaluate a Poke statement by typing it at the REPL’s prompt. Only a single statement, including expression statements (see Expression Statements) and compound statements (see Compound Statements), can be evaluted this way. It needs not be terminated by a semicolon.

When an expression is evaluated, the result of the evaluation is printed back to you. For example:

(poke) 23
(poke) [1,2,3]
(poke) Packet @ 0#B
Packet {i=1179403647,j=65794L}

When a statement other than an expression statement is executed in the REPL no result is printed, but of course the statement can print on its own:

(poke) fun do_foo = void: {}
(poke) do_foo
(poke) for (i in [1,2,3]) printf "elem %i32d\n", i;
elem 1
elem 2
elem 3

If there is an error compiling the line, you are notified with a nice error message, showing the location of the error. For example:

(poke) [1,2,3 + "foo"]
<stdin>:1:6: error: invalid operands in expression
[1,2,3 + "foo"];