[Monetdb-developers] [Monetdb-checkins] MonetDB5/src/modules/mal/Tests remote00.mal, , 1.3, 1.4 remote00.stable.out, , 1.4, 1.5

Martin Kersten Martin.Kersten at cwi.nl
Tue Jul 10 21:48:03 CEST 2007

Fabian Groffen wrote:
> On 10-07-2007 14:51:38 +0200, Martin Kersten wrote:
>> Fabian wrote:
>>> Update of /cvsroot/monetdb/MonetDB5/src/modules/mal/Tests
>>> In directory sc8-pr-cvs16.sourceforge.net:/tmp/cvs-serv4482/Tests
>>> Modified Files:
>>> 	remote00.mal remote00.stable.out 
>>> Log Message:
>>> Be a little bit smarter when dealing with functions.  Allow dotted
>>> notation for <module>.<func> next to just <func> for the default/current
>>> module.  (currently I guess this is "user", but should be retrieved
>>> somehow to be on the safe site...)
>> Yes, the default is the user module. I have been 'struggling' with
>> arguments for reflective functions. I settled down to using two
>> arguments where needed e.g. f(mod:str,fcn:str,...)
>> It is not optimal, but avoid string construction/analysis
> Any good reason for that?
> (you only use it in mdb's list IMHO, where the "cost" is not important,
cost = also consistent use.

mod and fcn are stored in the global namespace, which makes it possible to
compare quickly. Otherwise, you have to break "m.f" into two pieces and
perform expensive string matching in the namespace on both.

It is used in inspect.get*(), profiler.*(), manual.*(), most
optimizers (). All cases, as far as I recall, are aligned on this policy.

> and the functionality would be very nice, I use it in remote.get where
> it is highly undesirable to have two arguments instead of one)
why? MAL is designed to work with multiple results and arguments.
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