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Date: 2006-03-06 (13:22)
From: Jonathan Harrop <jdh30@j...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] recursive or loop
On Mon Mar  6 12:09 , Michael Wohlwend <> sent:
>Is that true?


>How do I jump out of a recursive algorithm and be able to 
>continue it at the same point?

If you're doing purely functional programming then you'll be passing the state as an argument to the 
recursive function. So you just raise an exception that carries the current state, catch it outside 
and save the state. To restart you just load the state and pass it as an argument to the recursive 

If you're doing impure programming (i.e. with side-effects) then you do the same sort of thing but 
instead of carrying the state in the exception you have to capture it yourself (as you do in the 
looping version) and reset it yourself before you restart.

There is probably no difference in difficulty.