Bug introduced in 10.0 and fixed in 11.0.0



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instead of an expected


Can Dataset expressions be held?

  • $\begingroup$ Related mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/78131/… and Dataset upvalues but I wasn't able to customize. $\endgroup$ Jul 15, 2015 at 2:17
  • $\begingroup$ Current use case is generating some documentation that uses held WL commands but can imagine future needs requiring the passing around of Held Datasets as per the holding of all other WL expressions. $\endgroup$ Jul 15, 2015 at 2:46
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    $\begingroup$ Hold stops evaluation, but not typesetting (FormatValues). $\endgroup$
    – ilian
    Jul 15, 2015 at 2:49
  • $\begingroup$ @ilian in terms of evaluation ls = {}; held = Hold@Dataset[AppendTo[ls, Random[]]]; SetAttributes[f, HoldAll]; f[x_] := x; f@held produces three random numbers instead of one random number? in terms of an appearance as a WL command, is there a way of outputting Dataset[{assocs}], verbatim - initial attempts at redefining Dataset output via Format as suggested proved unsuccessful and also seems like overkill ... $\endgroup$ Jul 15, 2015 at 3:41
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, it looks like there is an evaluation leak in the typesetting. Note that FullForm[f @ held] is as expected. Would perhaps something like Inactivate[Dataset[{Random[], Random[]}], Random] work? $\endgroup$
    – ilian
    Jul 15, 2015 at 4:13

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My proposed solution:

mk : MakeBoxes[(Hold | HoldForm | HoldComplete | HoldPattern)[__], _] := 
 Block[{$hldDataset = True, Dataset}, mk] /; ! TrueQ[$hldDataset]



Unlike the case of Graphics I consider the default formatting behavior pathological here.

  • $\begingroup$ Very neat. Thanks. Did the trick and helps improve said documentation. $\endgroup$ Jul 15, 2015 at 6:54
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, definitely a bug, which has since been fixed. $\endgroup$ Apr 22, 2017 at 0:19
  • $\begingroup$ @ItaiSeggev Thank you. Do you know the specific version in which the bug was corrected? $\endgroup$
    – Mr.Wizard
    Apr 22, 2017 at 0:23
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    $\begingroup$ Fixed in 11.0.0. See also (89036). $\endgroup$
    – ilian
    Apr 22, 2017 at 16:38

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