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package org.mathpiper.lisp.cons;

import java.util.Map;
import org.mathpiper.lisp.Environment;

 * Class Cons is the base object class that can be put in
 *  linked lists. It either has a pointer to a string
 * or it is a holder for a sublist, ,
 *  or it is a Java object.  All of these values are obtainable
 * using car();
 *  It is a reference-counted object. ConsPointer handles the reference counting. ap.
00032 public abstract class Cons //Note:tk:was MathPiperObject.

    protected Map metadataMap;

    public Cons(Environment aEnvironment) throws Exception
        metadataMap = null; //aEnvironment.iEmptyAtom;
    }//end constructor.

    public abstract ConsPointer cdr();

    public abstract Object car() throws Exception;

    public abstract int type();

     * If this is a number, return a BigNumber representation of it.
00057     public Object getNumber(int aPrecision) throws Exception {
        return null;

    public abstract Cons copy( Environment aEnvironment, boolean aRecursed) throws Exception;

     *  Return a pointer to extra info. This allows for annotating
     *  an object. Returns NULL by default.
00071     public Map getMetadataMap()
        return metadataMap;
    }//end method.

    public void setMetadataMap(Map metaDataMap)
        this.metadataMap = metaDataMap;
    }//end method.

    public boolean isEqual(Cons aOther) throws Exception {
        // iCdr line handles the fact that either one is a string
        if (car() != aOther.car()) {
            return false;

        //So, no strings.
        ConsPointer iter1 = (ConsPointer) car();
        ConsPointer iter2 = (ConsPointer) aOther.car();
        if (!(iter1 != null && iter2 != null)) {
            return false;

        // check all elements in sublist
        while (iter1.getCons() != null && iter2.getCons() != null) {
            if (!iter1.getCons().isEqual(iter2.getCons())) {
                return false;

            iter1 = iter1.cdr();
            iter2 = iter2.cdr();
        //One list longer than the other?
        if (iter1.getCons() == null && iter2.getCons() == null) {
            return true;
        return false;
    }//end method.

}//end class.

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