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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <>
Subject Re: Can I write a macro that can call itself?
Date Fri, 13 Jul 2001 01:08:28 GMT
Uday Kumar wrote:
> Hi
> I am very new to velocity. i have a question... I wanna do recursion using
> velocity. There is an example in the documentation where the .vm file calls
> itself. But, what i am wondering is - Can a macro call itself? Is that
> permitted in velocity? "Can I write a macro that can call itself?" is my
> ultimate question....

Yep.  Recursion works fine.

See the xml example - that is a recursive Velocimacro that walks a JDOM

Note that this can be a messy subject - since the default behavior of
any #set() is to modify the 'global' context, you can step on yourself
if you are not careful.

There is a switch though, that makes every #set() in a VM local to that
VM (like a local / automatic variable...)

velocimacro.context.localscope = true

Rather than a long winded explination from me, just play with it, and
come back with any questions...


> Please let me know
> Thanks in advance
> -Uday

Geir Magnusson Jr.                 
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