When you’re writing functional code, you often map and filter collections of things. To make your life easier (and your code easier to read), Elixir provides a general-purpose shortcut for this: the comprehension.
The idea of a comprehension is fairly simple: given one or more collections, extract all combinations of values from each, optionally filter the values, and then generate a new collection using the values that remain.
The general syntax for comprehensions is deceptively simple:
result = for generator or filter… [, into: value ], do: expression
Let’s see a couple of basic examples before we get into the details.
|||iex> for x <- [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ], do: x * x|
|||[1, 4, 9, 16, 25]|
|||iex> for x <- [ 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ], x ...|