[Haskell-cafe] lazily traversing a foreign data structure

Graham Fawcett graham.fawcett at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 15:34:09 EDT 2007

On 10/25/07, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH <allbery at ece.cmu.edu> wrote:
> On Oct 25, 2007, at 14:21 , Ryan Ingram wrote:
> > Right, but if you do something like
> >
> > do
> >   keys <- getKeysLazy db
> >   [.. some computation A here that may or may not evaluate all the
> > keys ..]
> >   addRow db newRow
> >   [.. some other computation B that uses the key list ..]
> >
> > does B see the new row or not?
> My point is that there's no promise for that one *even in C*.  (The
> equivalent construct being adding the new row before nextKey has
> failed.)

Just so. Deletions, for example, may change the ordering of the
internal hashtable (according to the gdbm manpage), making some keys
unfindable by a series of nextKey calls.

(If I were writing a serious module, and not just noodling around, I
imagine I'd document this, and let the user decide whether strict
evaluation was required.)

Thanks again to all,

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