[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 22:18:47 CEST 2007

Fabian wrote:
> On 10-07-2007 21:48:03 +0200, Martin Kersten wrote:
>>>> 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.
> consistency is good, however, I fail to see the consistency here.  I use
> io.print, but when I reference it I have to use "io", "print"???
"io.print" is an (incomplete) language construct, which is different from arguments
telling you to look in the module "io" for the information on element "print".

"io.print(v:any):void" is the real construct you are after

>> 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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