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Date: 2003-10-08 (16:49)
From: Andreas Rossberg <rossberg@p...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] Constructors as functions and tuples in constructors
Dan Grossman wrote:
>> Second, it would also be nice not to have "the concept of constructor
>> arity", and treat the code below as correct:
>> type t = A of int * int
>> let _ =   match A (17, 0) with
>>     A z -> match z with (x, y) -> ()
> Works with type t = A of (int * int).  You put the parens in.  So the 
> choice is yours.  The advantage of leaving them out is usually performance.

That is not true. It would be quite trivial for the compiler to translate

   A z -> e

into the equivalent of

   A(z1,z2) -> let z = (z1,z2) in e

without affecting performance of other programs in any way. Likewise,

   A z

could be transformed into

   let (z1,z2) = z in A(z1,z2)

instead of rejecting it. OTOH, your workaround certainly decreases 
performance for type t, as other pointed out.

Andreas Rossberg,

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