[Haskell-beginners] 2 Questions: mutable data and copying results

C Gosch ch.gosch at googlemail.com
Tue Aug 17 08:34:15 EDT 2010

Hello to all Haskell experts!
I have two more beginner questions: I ran into texts mentioning types of
"mutable" data.
Does that mean the data is actually changed in place? How would I go about
implementing such a data type,
as I expect much higher performance in some applications? Do I do that with
the Foreign module and Ptr

The second question is this: say I have some functions working with a data
type, say a graph.
Some of them might want to change the graph and return a new graph as a
If they change say only one graph node, it would be extremely bad for
performance if the whole graph got copied
any time such a change takes place. Is the compiler smart enough to make the
code only copy the parts
that have changed (copying lazily, so to speak)? Is that even possible?

Thank you in advance for any hint!
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