[Haskell-cafe] New OpenGL package: efficient way to convert datatypes?

Peter Verswyvelen bugfact at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 11:06:04 EDT 2009

I don't want to use the GL types directly since the OpenGL renderer is not
exposes in the rest of the API.
I was hoping that realToFrac would be a nop in case it would be identical to
an unsafeCoerce.

I guess one could make rules for that, but this tickets makes me wander if
that really works:

On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 4:58 PM, Roel van Dijk <vandijk.roel at gmail.com>wrote:

> If you are *really* sure that the runtime representation is the same
> you could use usafeCoerce. You could use a small test function for
> profiling, something like:
> convertGLfloat :: GLfloat -> Float
> convertGLFloat = realToFrac
> -- convertGLFloat = unsafeCoerce
> and toggle between the two (assuming you won't get a segmentation fault).
> Another option is to not convert at all but use the GL types
> everywhere. Either explicitly or by exploiting polymorphism.
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