[Haskell-cafe] Re: Non-technical Haskell question

Jules Bean jules at jellybean.co.uk
Mon Dec 6 16:21:23 EST 2004

On 6 Dec 2004, at 21:16, Henning Thielemann wrote:

> On Mon, 6 Dec 2004, Robert Dockins wrote:
>> The problem, of course, is that Haskell likes to tightly bind with the
>> libraries it uses (inlineing across modules and other optimizations).
>> So imaging if the "package" unit was a barrier to those kinds of
>> optimizations.  Then, no knowledge of the internals of the package are
>> needed by importing modules, and "sufficently" compatable pacakges 
>> could
>> be drop in replacements, .so or .dll style.
> This would mean that functions like 'map' and 'foldr' couldn't be 
> unrolled
> because they are in the package of the standard functions?

I don't think it does, actually. You can imagine a compiler which has 
access to not *only* the .so files, but also the haskell source. 
Therefore it can still unroll (from the source), but it can choose to 
link to an exported symbol if unrolling isn't worth it.


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