# How to write a type class `derived` method using macros

In the main derivation documentation page, we explained the details behind `Mirror`

s and type class derivation. Here we demonstrate how to implement a type class `derived`

method using macros only. We follow the same example of deriving `Eq`

instances and for simplicity we support a `Product`

type e.g., a case class `Person`

. The low-level method we will use to implement the `derived`

method exploits quotes, splices of both expressions and types and the `scala.quoted.Expr.summon`

method which is the equivalent of `summonFrom`

. The former is suitable for use in a quote context, used within macros.

As in the original code, the type class definition is the same:

```
trait Eq[T]:
def eqv(x: T, y: T): Boolean
```

we need to implement a method `Eq.derived`

on the companion object of `Eq`

that produces a quoted instance for `Eq[T]`

. Here is a possible signature,

```
given derived[T: Type](using Quotes): Expr[Eq[T]]
```

and for comparison reasons we give the same signature we had with `inline`

:

```
inline given derived[T]: (m: Mirror.Of[T]) => Eq[T] = ???
```

Note, that since a type is used in a subsequent stage it will need to be lifted to a `Type`

by using the corresponding context bound. Also, not that we can summon the quoted `Mirror`

inside the body of the `derived`

this we can omit it from the signature. The body of the `derived`

method is shown below:

```
given derived[T: Type](using Quotes): Expr[Eq[T]] =
import quotes.reflect.*
val ev: Expr[Mirror.Of[T]] = Expr.summon[Mirror.Of[T]].get
ev match
case '{ $m: Mirror.ProductOf[T] { type MirroredElemTypes = elementTypes }} =>
val elemInstances = summonAll[elementTypes]
val eqProductBody: (Expr[T], Expr[T]) => Expr[Boolean] = (x, y) =>
elemInstances.zipWithIndex.foldLeft(Expr(true: Boolean)) {
case (acc, (elem, index)) =>
val e1 = '{$x.asInstanceOf[Product].productElement(${Expr(index)})}
val e2 = '{$y.asInstanceOf[Product].productElement(${Expr(index)})}
'{ $acc && $elem.asInstanceOf[Eq[Any]].eqv($e1, $e2) }
}
'{ eqProduct((x: T, y: T) => ${eqProductBody('x, 'y)}) }
// case for Mirror.ProductOf[T]
// ...
```

Note, that in the `inline`

case we can merely write `summonAll[m.MirroredElemTypes]`

inside the inline method but here, since `Expr.summon`

is required, we can extract the element types in a macro fashion. Being inside a macro, our first reaction would be to write the code below. Since the path inside the type argument is not stable this cannot be used:

```
'{
summonAll[$m.MirroredElemTypes]
}
```

Instead we extract the tuple-type for element types using pattern matching over quotes and more specifically of the refined type:

```
case '{ $m: Mirror.ProductOf[T] { type MirroredElemTypes = elementTypes }} => ...
```

Shown below is the implementation of `summonAll`

as a macro. We assume that given instances for our primitive types exist.

```
def summonAll[T: Type](using Quotes): List[Expr[Eq[_]]] =
Type.of[T] match
case '[String *: tpes] => '{ summon[Eq[String]] } :: summonAll[tpes]
case '[Int *: tpes] => '{ summon[Eq[Int]] } :: summonAll[tpes]
case '[tpe *: tpes] => derived[tpe] :: summonAll[tpes]
case '[EmptyTuple] => Nil
```

One additional difference with the body of `derived`

here as opposed to the one with `inline`

is that with macros we need to synthesize the body of the code during the macro-expansion time. That is the rationale behind the `eqProductBody`

function. Assuming that we calculate the equality of two `Person`

s defined with a case class that holds a name of type `String`

and an age of type `Int`

, the equality check we want to generate is the following:

```
true
&& Eq[String].eqv(x.productElement(0),y.productElement(0))
&& Eq[Int].eqv(x.productElement(1), y.productElement(1))
```

## Calling the derived method inside the macro

Following the rules in Macros we create two methods. One that hosts the top-level splice `eqv`

and one that is the implementation. Alternatively and what is shown below is that we can call the `eqv`

method directly. The `eqGen`

can trigger the derivation.

```
extension [T](inline x: T)
inline def === (inline y: T)(using eq: Eq[T]): Boolean = eq.eqv(x, y)
inline given eqGen[T]: Eq[T] = ${ Eq.derived[T] }
```

Note, that we use inline method syntax and we can compare instance such as `Sm(Person("Test", 23)) === Sm(Person("Test", 24))`

for e.g., the following two types:

```
case class Person(name: String, age: Int)
enum Opt[+T]:
case Sm(t: T)
case Nn
```

The full code is shown below:

```
import scala.deriving.*
import scala.quoted.*
trait Eq[T]:
def eqv(x: T, y: T): Boolean
object Eq:
given Eq[String] with
def eqv(x: String, y: String) = x == y
given Eq[Int] with
def eqv(x: Int, y: Int) = x == y
def eqProduct[T](body: (T, T) => Boolean): Eq[T] =
new Eq[T]:
def eqv(x: T, y: T): Boolean = body(x, y)
def eqSum[T](body: (T, T) => Boolean): Eq[T] =
new Eq[T]:
def eqv(x: T, y: T): Boolean = body(x, y)
def summonAll[T: Type](using Quotes): List[Expr[Eq[_]]] =
Type.of[T] match
case '[String *: tpes] => '{ summon[Eq[String]] } :: summonAll[tpes]
case '[Int *: tpes] => '{ summon[Eq[Int]] } :: summonAll[tpes]
case '[tpe *: tpes] => derived[tpe] :: summonAll[tpes]
case '[EmptyTuple] => Nil
given derived[T: Type](using q: Quotes): Expr[Eq[T]] =
import quotes.reflect.*
val ev: Expr[Mirror.Of[T]] = Expr.summon[Mirror.Of[T]].get
ev match
case '{ $m: Mirror.ProductOf[T] { type MirroredElemTypes = elementTypes }} =>
val elemInstances = summonAll[elementTypes]
val eqProductBody: (Expr[T], Expr[T]) => Expr[Boolean] = (x, y) =>
elemInstances.zipWithIndex.foldLeft(Expr(true: Boolean)) {
case (acc, (elem, index)) =>
val e1 = '{$x.asInstanceOf[Product].productElement(${Expr(index)})}
val e2 = '{$y.asInstanceOf[Product].productElement(${Expr(index)})}
'{ $acc && $elem.asInstanceOf[Eq[Any]].eqv($e1, $e2) }
}
'{ eqProduct((x: T, y: T) => ${eqProductBody('x, 'y)}) }
case '{ $m: Mirror.SumOf[T] { type MirroredElemTypes = elementTypes }} =>
val elemInstances = summonAll[elementTypes]
val eqSumBody: (Expr[T], Expr[T]) => Expr[Boolean] = (x, y) =>
val ordx = '{ $m.ordinal($x) }
val ordy = '{ $m.ordinal($y) }
val elements = Expr.ofList(elemInstances)
'{ $ordx == $ordy && $elements($ordx).asInstanceOf[Eq[Any]].eqv($x, $y) }
'{ eqSum((x: T, y: T) => ${eqSumBody('x, 'y)}) }
end derived
end Eq
object Macro3:
extension [T](inline x: T)
inline def === (inline y: T)(using eq: Eq[T]): Boolean = eq.eqv(x, y)
inline given eqGen[T]: Eq[T] = ${ Eq.derived[T] }
```