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From: Richard Jones <rich@a...>
Subject: [Caml-list] Polymorphic graph widget problem

As part of a project I'm doing at the moment, I've written a Gtk graph
widget using lablgtk. The graph currently plots ints, so the type
looks something like this:

class chart :
  ?width:int ->
  ?height:int ->
  ?packing:(GObj.widget -> unit) ->
  ?show:bool ->
  int array ->  (* the data being plotted *)
  object
    method repaint : Gdk.Rectangle.t option -> unit
  end

All fine, but now I'd like to generalise this so it can plot floating
point values as well as int, thus:

class ['a] chart :
  ?width:int ->
  ?height:int ->
  ?packing:(GObj.widget -> unit) ->
  ?show:bool ->
  'a array ->  (* the data being plotted *)
  object
    method repaint : Gdk.Rectangle.t option -> unit
  end

The problem with this is that at various places in the implementation
we need to break the polymorphism. eg. To plot Y labels we call
'string_of_int', and to work out the height of the Y axis we do some
sums on the values using the (+) operator.

What I need is some way to isolate the parts which break the
polymorphism.  How do I do that?

Rich.

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