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From: skaller <skaller@u...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] extensible records again
On Sun, 2004-03-21 at 17:21, Michael Vanier wrote:

> I've written a dynamically-typed language in ocaml, and I want to be able to
> add new types to the language without having to add new primitive types to
> the system. 

See Felix. The core system has NO primitive types,
not even bool: all primitive types are added by the user
(as bindings to C types).

>  
> Now I want to add a type for (say) files.  I don't want this to be a type
> at the same level as ints or floats, because I want users to be able to add
> their own types to the language without hacking the core type definition.
> I can do this as follows:
>  
>     (* types.mli *)
>     type data =
>         Int of int
>       | Float of float
>       | ...
>       | Extension of exn

You can just use:

	| Extension of string * address

where address is a machine address of some binary
data. What it is is completely irrelevant, since the
operations on user defined primitive data type
can only be specified in one way: by providing
C functions which manipulate that type.


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