Novice seeks guidance initializing an Expr in Clang

Hi clang experts,

I’m not a compiler whiz, and I’ve never worked with Clang before. I’m attempting to hack Clang. I’m having trouble building an Expr that does what I want. I’m looking for guidance.

Here’s the background. I’m working on a prototype of a potential C++ trait that Richard Smith suggested to me. It’s a nullary trait that returns true if it’s evaluated in a context that requires constant evaluation. It returns false in all other contexts. I want it to work like this:

constexpr bool value1 = __is_constant_evaluation(void);
static_assert(value1 == true, “Expected constant evaluation”);

bool value2 = __is_constant_evaluation(void);

assert(value2 == false);

I’m just making a prototype. The bogus (void) gives me a way to leverage the infrastructure around UnaryTypeTrait. The (void) is ignored.

So, I’m at the point where I need to make an Expr to return from the Parser. I’ve derived a type from Expr, modeling after the UnaryTypeTraitExpr class. But I can’t figure out how to configure the Expr so that the Expr gets re-evaluated every time it is evaluated, rather than remembering the first result.

It seems to me that the Expr needs to be re-evaluated each time because from one context to the next it will have a different result. That is, the result of __is_constant_evaluation(void) is a consequence of where its result goes (e.g., value1 or value2), it’s not a consequence of any passed parameter.

Any guidance is appreciated. I’d prefer suggestions for how to write the code. But I’ll also listen to advice suggesting that what I’m attempting is too hard for a novice. Or a suggestion that I’m taking the wrong tack altogether would be great if you want to point me in a different direction.

Thanks for reading.

Scott Schurr
S.Scott.Schurr@gmail.com

p.s. This is only the first of two problems that look hard. The second hard problem (that I know of) will be getting the constexpr-ness of the context to the Expr when it evaluates so it can return true under the right circumstances. But I’m trying to solve just one problem at a time.