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[Caml-list] recursive modules redux, & interface files
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Date: 2001-03-22 (09:11)
From: Francois Pottier <Francois.Pottier@i...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] recursive modules redux, & interface files

On Wed, Mar 21, 2001 at 07:03:55PM -0500, Patrick M Doane wrote:
> I'm back to the source of the problem, having to duplicate a large variant
> type.

I think you have missed the point of John's (or was it Brian's?) suggestion,
which is to place large type (or module type) definitions in a separate .mli
(or .ml) file, then refer to it from your .mli *and* your .ml file. This has
the unfortunate consequence of breaking every module into three files (shared
definitions, interface, and implementations), making the program structure
somewhat more cryptic. But it usually works well.

Regarding your suggestion,

>  For every module definition M that has a signature S
>    For every type definition t in S that contains optional
>               type-information and is not defined in M
>      Add the type definition of t to M (preserving the order from S)

I think the problematic part is in the ordering. The order in which bindings
appear may be different in M and S, to start with. So, where do we insert the
definition, and (assuming we know where) what do we do if some names referred
to by the definition aren't yet defined in M at that point?

François Pottier
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