Emojicode Documentation 1.0 beta 2


Overloading means that you can define methods that have the same name and mood, but with different parameters. The compiler automatically selects the most suitable when a method with the respective name and mood is called. You can also overload initializers.

Defining Overloads

Defining overloads is straightforward. You declare another method with the same mood and name as the method you wish to overload:

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  ❗️ πŸ™‹ string πŸ”‘ πŸ‡

  ❗️ πŸ™‹ number πŸ”’ πŸ‡
    πŸ˜€πŸ”€a numberπŸ”€β—οΈ

Initializers are overloaded alike:

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  πŸ†• πŸ‡
    πŸ’­ ...

  πŸ†• repeatedValue Element count πŸ”’ πŸ‡
    πŸ’­ ...

πŸ’­ ...

Overload Resolution

While overloads mostly β€œjust work” it can sometimes be difficult for the compiler to figure out which method you mean. In some cases the compiler will even issue an error, saying that the call is ambiguous.


The following are the rules the Emojicode Compiler employs to determine the right method. The procedure is the same to resolve initializers.

  1. From the type on which the method is called, select all methods with matching name, mood, and parameter count as candidates.
  2. For every method, ensure that the arguments are compatible to the parameter types while inferring generic arguments if necessary, that the function is accessible and that the generic arguments (provided or inferred) are compatible to the generic argument constraints. If any of these checks fail for a method, eliminate the method as a candidate.
  3. Perform pick:
    1. If there are no candidates, end resolution and issue an error.
    2. If there is only one candidate, yield it and end resolution.
    3. If there is only one non-generic candidate, yield it and end resolution.
  4. Find the most specific methods and remove all other candidates. To determine if a method A is more specific than a method B:
    1. Let score be 0.
    2. For each i-th parameter a of A, if the type of a is compatible to the i-th parameter of B, increment score unless the i-th argument of the call is a literal type.
    3. A is more specific than B if and only if score is greater than (number of parameters - number of literal arguments) / 2.
  5. Perform pick.
  6. The resolution is ambiguous. Issue an error.
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