Due to my lazy nature, I made something like this:

(defmacro iλ (x)
  `(lambda () (interactive) ,x))

(defmacro iλd (x y)
     `(lambda () ,x (interactive) ,y))

(global-set-key (kbd "<f8>") (iλ (message "hello lambdas")))
(global-set-key (kbd "<f7>") (iλd "Func Docu" (message "hello lambda with docus")))

Due to my lazy nature, I would like to merge these two but it's 10:16pm in the evening and I can't seem to figure it out. I would like something like this (Pseudo code follows):

 (defmacro iλ (x &optional y)   ;y is optional parameter:
  if x & y are defined:
  `(lambda () ,x (interactive) ,y))
  else if only x is defined:  
  `(lambda () (interactive) ,y)

Can this be done, if so how?

[edit solution] As per Malabarba's answer below, I now use the clever bit of code:

(defmacro iλ (x &rest y) 
    (if (and (stringp x) y) 
        `(lambda () ,x (interactive) ,@y) 
      `(lambda () (interactive) ,x ,@y)))
;Example usage:
(global-set-key (kbd "<f8>") (iλ "A message that prints a hello" (message "hello 2")))
(global-set-key (kbd "<f9>") (iλ  (message "hello 1")))
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    In other words you want to treat any parameter whose name begins with an ampersand as if it was optional? This is doable, in a sense, but there are lots of problems associated with it: what about keywords? What about other useful syntax such as &rest? What if you then write (iλ x &x)? – wvxvw Mar 21 '15 at 8:24
  • Oh @wvxvw, I was confused X-D. I meant (x &optional y) thank you for pointing this out. – Leo Ufimtsev Mar 26 '15 at 21:57
  • I updated question. – Leo Ufimtsev Mar 26 '15 at 21:57

Here's what you're trying to do

(defmacro iλ (x &optional y) 
  (if (and (stringp x) y) 
      `(lambda () ,x (interactive) ,y)) 
    `(lambda () (interactive) ,x ,y)))

And, if you're taking suggestions, here's what I recommend. It should allow you to use any number of forms.

(defmacro iλ (x &rest y) 
  (if (and (stringp x) y) 
      `(lambda () ,x (interactive) ,@y)
    `(lambda () (interactive) ,x ,@y)))

As @Stefan suggests, if you're on Emacs 25 you can do:

(defmacro iλ (&rest body)
  (let ((x (macroexp-parse-body body)))
    `(lambda () ,@(car x) (interactive)
       ,@(cdr x))))
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    With Emacs-25, I'd do (defmacro iλ (&rest body) (let ((x (macroexp-parse-body body))) (lambda () ,@(car x) (interactive) ,@(cdr x))))`. – Stefan Mar 21 '15 at 17:05
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    @Stefan macroexp-parse-body is a good suggestion, but in this particular case a string such as (iλ "return-value") would be confused with a docstring and the resulting lambda would always return nil. – Malabarba Mar 22 '15 at 16:01
  • macroexp-parse-body would treat such a lone string as the body, not as the docstring. If you find it doesn't in your case, then please report it as a bug. – Stefan Mar 22 '15 at 21:52
  • @Stefan You're right, I was confused. – Malabarba Mar 23 '15 at 1:53
  • Awesome. I'll use the 2nd version for now, maybe the E25 version in the future. I think there is a typo thou, the 2nd line has one too many ')' bracket. Removing it makes it work for me. I.e: (defmacro iλlam (x &rest y) (if (and (stringp x) y) (lambda () ,x (interactive) ,@y) (lambda () (interactive) ,x ,@y))) – Leo Ufimtsev Mar 26 '15 at 21:53

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