[Haskell-cafe] computational overhead of the "data" declarations

Eli Ford eford at griptonite.com
Tue Oct 28 16:56:08 EDT 2008

> So, to answer your question, the only computational overhead with a
> data declaration is the extra memory and time to store and process the
> constructor tags.  It usually isn't noticeable, but sometimes the
> difference can be important.

Is there also potentially overhead due to laziness?  I mean, in this

	newtype Fast = Fast Int

If you have a Fast value, you know you've got a real Int, not a thunk,
right?  But here:

	data Slow = Slow Int

Doesn't a Slow value remain unevaluated until you pattern match out the

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