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From: skaller <skaller@u...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] laziness
On Sat, 2004-09-04 at 18:40, Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk wrote:
> skaller <skaller@users.sourceforge.net> writes:
> 
> > However if the call is *inlined* to get
> >
> > 	if c' then a' else b'
> >
> > then perhaps a' or b' will never be evaluated.
> 
> No. Inlining is considered an optimization, which implies that it
> doesn't change the semantics except when it was not fully specified
> in the first place.

I understand that argument -- but that doesn't mean the
compiler conforms to the specification, nor that the
specification is best.

> E.g. the order of evaluation of arguments is
> unspecified, so it might be different depending on inlining; but
> OCaml does specify that each argument are evaluated exactly once
> and inlining doesn't change that.

Must they be evaluated before the function is called?

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