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7.4 Attaching Contracts to Values

(provide/contract p/c-item ...)
p/c-item = (struct id ((id contract-expr) ...))
  | (struct (id identifier) ((id contract-expr) ...))
  | (rename orig-id id contract-expr)
  | (id contract-expr)
  | #:∃ exists-variables
  | #:exists exists-variables
exists-variables = identifier
  | (identifier ...)
Can only appear at the top-level of a module. As with provide, each id is provided from the module. In addition, clients of the module must live up to the contract specified by contract-expr for each export.

The provide/contract form treats modules as units of blame. The module that defines the provided variable is expected to meet the positive (co-variant) positions of the contract. Each module that imports the provided variable must obey the negative (contra-variant) positions of the contract.

Only uses of the contracted variable outside the module are checked. Inside the module, no contract checking occurs.

The rename form of a provide/contract exports the first variable (the internal name) with the name specified by the second variable (the external name).

The struct form of a provide/contract clause provides a structure-type definition, and each field has a contract that dictates the contents of the fields. The structure-type definition must appear before the provide clause within the enclosing module. If the structure type has a parent, the second struct form (above) must be used, with the first name referring to the structure type to export and the second name referring to the parent structure type. Unlike a struct definition, however, all of the fields (and their contracts) must be listed. The contract on the fields that the sub-struct shares with its parent are only used in the contract for the sub-struct’s maker, and the selector or mutators for the super-struct are not provided. The exported structure-type name always doubles as a constructor, even if the original structure-type name does not act as a constructor.

The #:∃ and #:exists clauses define new abstract contracts. The variables are bound in the remainder of the provide/contract expression to new contracts that hide the values they accept and ensure that the exported functions are treated parametrically.

(with-contract blame-id (wc-export ...) free-var-list ... body ...+)
(with-contract blame-id results-spec free-var-list ... body ...+)
wc-export = (id contract-expr)
result-spec = #:result contract-expr
  | #:results (contract-expr ...)
free-var-list = #:freevars ([id contract-expr] ...)
  | #:freevar id contract-expr
Generates a local contract boundary.

The first with-contract form cannot appear in expression position. All names defined within the first with-contract form are visible externally, but those names listed in the wc-export list are protected with the corresponding contract. The body of the form allows definition/expression interleaving if its context does.

The second with-contract form must appear in expression position. The final body expression should return the same number of values as the number of contracts listed in the result-spec, and each returned value is contracted with its respective contract. The sequence of body forms is treated as for let.

The blame-id is used for the positive positions of contracts paired with exported ids. Contracts broken within the with-contract body will use the blame-id for their negative position.

If a free-var-list is given, then any uses of the free variables inside the body will be protected with contracts that blame the context of the with-contract form for the positive positions and the with-contract form for the negative ones.

(define/contract id contract-expr free-var-list init-value-expr)
(define/contract (head args) contract-expr free-var-list body ...+)
Works like define, except that the contract contract-expr is attached to the bound value. For the definition of head and args, see define. For the definition of free-var-list, see with-contract.

The define/contract form treats the individual definition as a contract region. The definition itself is responsible for positive (co-variant) positions of the contract and references to id outside of the definition must meet the negative positions of the contract. Since the contract boundary is between the definition and the surrounding context, references to id inside the define/contract form are not checked.

If a free-var-list is given, then any uses of the free variables inside the body will be protected with contracts that blame the context of the define/contract form for the positive positions and the define/contract form for the negative ones.

(define-struct/contract struct-id ([field contract-expr] ...)
                        struct-option ...)
(define-struct/contract (struct-id super-struct-id)
                        ([field contract-expr] ...)
                        struct-option ...)
Works like define-struct, except that the arguments to the constructor, accessors, and mutators are protected by contracts. For the definitions of field and struct-option, see define-struct.

The define-struct/contract form only allows a subset of the struct-option keywords: #:mutable, #:transparent, #:auto-value, #:omit-define-syntaxes, #:property and #:omit-define-values.


  > (define-struct/contract fish ([color number?]))
  > (make-fish 5)


  > (make-fish #f)

  top-level broke the contract (-> number? symbol? any) on

  make-fish given to (struct fish); expected <number?>,

  given: #f

  > (define-struct/contract (salmon fish) ([ocean symbol?]))
  > (make-salmon 5 'atlantic)


  > (make-salmon 5 #f)

  top-level broke the contract

    (-> any/c symbol? symbol? any)

   on make-salmon given to (struct salmon); expected

  <symbol?>, given: #f

  > (make-salmon #f 'pacific)

  top-level broke the contract (-> number? symbol? any) on

  make-fish given to (struct fish); expected <number?>,

  given: #f

(contract contract-expr to-protect-expr
          positive-blame-expr negative-blame-expr)
(contract contract-expr to-protect-expr
          positive-blame-expr negative-blame-expr
          value-name-expr source-location-expr)
The primitive mechanism for attaching a contract to a value. The purpose of contract is as a target for the expansion of some higher-level contract specifying form.

The contract expression adds the contract specified by contract-expr to the value produced by to-protect-expr. The result of a contract expression is the result of the to-protect-expr expression, but with the contract specified by contract-expr enforced on to-protect-expr.

The values of positive-blame-expr and negative-blame-expr indicate how to assign blame for positive and negative positions of the contract specified by contract-expr. They may be any value, and are formatted as by display for purposes of contract violation error messages.

If specified, value-name-expr indicates a name for the protected value to be used in error messages. If not supplied, or if value-name-expr produces #f, no name is printed. Otherwise, it is also formatted as by display.

If specified, source-location-expr indicates the source location reported by contract violations. The expession must produce a srcloc structure, syntax object, #f, or a list or vector in the format accepted by the third argument to datum->syntax.