created_at2023-02-07 10:23:41.006898
updated_at2023-03-27 16:36:52.955082
descriptionKISS incremental computation framework
Gelez (elegaanz)



Yéter — KISS incremental computation framework

Yeter is a crate that memoizes pure function outputs, and only recompute them when neeed. It is similar to salsa, but is using a dynamic approach rather than static definitions.

For this reason (and also because a lot less effort was put into it than in salsa), it is probably performing worse, and salsa should probably be preferred for any serious project that doesn't require dynamic definitions.


Yéter is built around pure functions, that are called queries, and a cache that we call a database.

To create an empty database, you can use Database::new.

let mut db = yeter::Database::new();

You can define queries with the query! macro. Note that this macro only defines the name and type of a query, allowing you to dynamically re-define its behavior.

// Parameters : name, input type, output type
query!(sum, Vec<usize>, usize);

The function Database::register can be used to let a database know about a query.

// sum::Query is a type defined by the query! macro
db.register::<sum::Query>(|_db, list| {

A query can then be executed with Database::run, or even better, with the function that the query! macro generates.

let result = sum::query(db, vec![1, 2, 3]);
assert_eq!(*result, 6);

The result of each call to a query is cached. It will only be recomputed if the query was redefined, or if one of the query it depends on was recomputed since last time.


  • Queries are assumed to be pure and only depend on their input and on the database. Any file system or network access breaks this assumption, and will make Yéter fail to do its job properly
  • What is called "inputs" in salsa is just a query with a () input and no dependency on other queries. Instead of calling a set_* method, you redefine the query every time you want to set a new value.
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