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From: j.romildo@g...
Subject: record field access
Hello.

Regarding performance, is there any difference in accessing a record
field using pattern matching and using the dot notation?

For instance, given the declarations,

   type point = { x: float; y: float }

   let sqr x = x *. x

   let dist1 p q =
      sqrt (sqr (q.x -. p.x) +. sqr (q.y -. p.y))

   let dist2 {x=x1; y = y1} {x=x2; y=y2} =
      sqrt (sqr (x2 -. x1) +. sqr (y2 -. y1))

what should be preferable: dist1 or dist2?

And to compare records with tuples, given also

   let dist3 (x1,y1) (x2,y2) =
      sqrt (sqr (x2 -. x1) +. sqr (y2 -. y1))

what should be preferable: dist2 or dist3, regarding performance?

Romildo