When working on a large model it is extremely useful to be able to manipulate large groups of variables or constraints.
To avoid repeating long lists of variable names or equations, it would be very useful if the the ‘plural macros’ (e.g. @variables and @constraints), returned collections of the newly defined objects.
For example I would like for
vars = @variables model begin x y[1:2] end
to be equivalent to writing
@variables model begin x y[1:2] end vars = [x, y]
eqs = @NLconstraints model begin E_x, x == 1 E_y[i ∈ 1:2], y[i] == x end
should be equivalent to writing
@NLconstraints model begin E_x, x == 1 E_y[i ∈ 1:2], y[i] == x end eqs = [E_x, E_y]
Note that this is not just a matter of laziness, but that repeating long lists of items is prone to hard-to-debug errors. I.e. spotting which item is missing in a large collection of variables or constraints can take a long time.
Has this feature been discussed before?