[Haskell-cafe] Re: Haskell vs OCaml

Erik de Castro Lopo hc-erikd at mega-nerd.com
Wed May 4 03:17:01 EDT 2005

On Wed,  4 May 2005 03:02:58 -0400
ajb at spamcop.net wrote:

> Quoting Erik de Castro Lopo <hc-erikd at mega-nerd.com>:
> > Yes, but only if your functions are impure.
> Wrong.  An unevaluated thunk can, in general, be much larger than what
> the thunk evaluates to.  (Think of "length" of a large list, for example.)
> If such a thunk is unevaluated but not garbage for a considerable time,
> then you have a space leak.
> So you do need to think about evaluation order.  One good rule of thumb
> is: On large data structures, try to have a single consumer only.

Ahh, OK. Thats a significantly non-trivial detail to have to 
think about :-).

  Erik de Castro Lopo  nospam at mega-nerd.com (Yes it's valid)
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