There is a "generic" `sequence-map`.
But it's not variadic like `map` -- and like you want in your example.
You could try writing a variadic `sequence-map`?
As for `for/list`, you _could_ write:
(for/list ([a as]
(foo a b n))
It's faster if you supply `in-list` for `as` and `bs`, as did David.
When you do, it expands to code that's about as fast as if you wrote
it by hand. But if you know the list will have only a few items, and
it doesn't matter, you could omit `in-list`. Granted it's still more
verbose than `map` style.
Speaking of writing by hand, you could use `match*` to remove some
car/cdr textbook tedium -- but it's still fairly tedious:
(let loop ([as as] [bs bs] [n 1]) ;`in-naturals` is 1.. -- use 0 here
if you prefer
(match* [as bs]
[[(cons a as) (cons b bs)] (cons (foo a b n)
(loop as bs (add1 n)))]
[[_ _] '()]))
I think one theme here is a trade-off between abstraction and speed
Another is a trade-off between functions and macros. Macros like `for`
and `match` can expand into efficient code that you wouldn't want to
write by hand.
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