My first elixir script failed...


I am trying to learn Elixir.

I found this demo syntax:

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defmodule Parallel do
  def pmap(collection, func) do
    |> -> func.(&1) end)))

result = Parallel.pmap 1..1000, &(&1 ​*​ &1)

I put the above syntax in a file: pmap1.exs

Next I tried to run it with a simple shell command:

dan@h78:~/elxr/public/notes $ elixir pmap1.exs
** (SyntaxError) pmap1.exs:18: unexpected token: "​" (column 38, codepoint U+200B)
    (elixir) lib/code.ex:767: Code.require_file/2
dan@h78:~/elxr/public/notes $ 
dan@h78:~/elxr/public/notes $ 
dan@h78:~/elxr/public/notes $

Am I running it incorrectly?
Do I have a syntax error somewhere?

Usually, people run small concepts in the terminal using iex. So, just type iex in a console and then copy and paste your module.

After that, you can play around with it:

collection = [1, 2, 3]
transformation = fn x -> x +1 end

Parallel.pmap(collection, transformation)

Hope it helps!

A few other things:

  1. is this inside a mix project?

&(&1 ​*​ &1)

Contains a zero width space. Just delete the function capture and type it out clean with the keyboard and it should work.


That’s a zero width space and is not allowed outside of a string. Probably this slipped in when you copied the source code. You need to remove it.