[Haskell-cafe] Haskell scripting system (please help me simplify the design)

Cale Gibbard cgibbard at gmail.com
Thu Oct 27 12:29:27 EDT 2005

On 27/10/05, Joel Reymont <joelr1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Oct 27, 2005, at 4:59 PM, Robert Dockins wrote:
> > As a side note, I see you are doing a bunch of operations on lists
> > of properties.  If performance is an issue, you might want to
> > consider using Data.Map or similar.  If your properties lists can
> > get big, mergeprops looks like a potential problem (   O( n*(n+m) )
> > each time it's called   ).
> What would I use as the key for each map entry? If I knew this then I
> could use a map :-). As it stands, each property is a solid chunk and
> I can't even extract the name of the attribute it was created with. I
> don't think Map lets me index on Strings, does it?
>      Joel

You can use any type in Ord as an index for a Map -- see fromList in
the Data.Map documentation. Strings are actually quite an effective
type of key, as they don't usually even need to be fully evaluated to
be compared.
 - Cale

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