Piping

When function calls are nested inside each other, they can be difficult to read and understand at a glance:

[e: [d: [c: [b: [a: 1]; 2]; 3]; 4]; 5] # Welcome to bracket hell

An alternative way to write nested function calls is by using iterative (rather than recursive) syntax-- a method known as piping.

By using piping, the same expression above can be rewritten with only a single pair of brackets:

[a: 1 |> b: 2 |> c: 3 |> d: 4 |> e: 5] # Much more readable!

In a piped function call, the output of one function is fed into the input of the next. By default, the output is inserted as the first argument; however, this can be changed by passing the pipe value [] as an argument:

[$get-zipper] {
    {<add>|<sub>}
}

# Pass the output of [get-zipper] as the third argument for [zip]
[get-zipper |> zip: (1; 2; 3); (4; 5; 6); []]

If the pipe value is a function, you can call it directly using an anonymous call:

[$get-math-func] {
    {<add>|<mul>|<sub>|<div>}
}

# Get a random math function and call it, passing in two numbers
[get-math-func |> ![]: 3.0; 2.0]

Behavior with temporal arguments

Temporal arguments in piped calls behave differently than those in nested calls.

To illustrate this, suppose we have a call to [foo] that passes its return value into [bar].

In the nested scenario, a temporal argument in [foo] will not duplicate the call to [bar]:

[bar: [foo: **(1; 2; 3)]]
# -> [bar: [foo: 1][foo: 2][foo: 3]]

In the piped scenario, the temporal argument in [foo] duplicates the entire call chain:

[foo: **(1; 2; 3) |> bar]
# -> [bar: [foo: 1]]
# -> [bar: [foo: 2]]
# -> [bar: [foo: 3]]