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From: Christophe Raffalli <christophe.raffalli@u...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] unboxing options

>     type 'a foo = { one : 'a option; mutable two : 'a
> option }
>
> would become:
>
>     type 'a foo = { optional one : 'a; optional
> mutable two : 'a }
>

You could also unbox any data type whose size is know at compile time in
a record if an "unboxed" keyword is present ... and remove the nasty bit
of the compiler handling float in record.

{ unboxed float x; unboxed muatable float y }

You could imagine doing the same for array with a type ('a, 'b) array
where 'a is the type of the content and 'b is either `Boxed or `Unboxed
(using polymorphic variant)

but you still need a test for polymorphic function on array which need
to know if the array is unboxed and if yes what is the size of each
array cell.

I guess the code for this is not much more complex that the actual code
for float optimization, and is more general.



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