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January 13, 2009
Re: lazy thoughts
Andrei Alexandrescu Wrote:

> noobie wrote:
> > Andrei Alexandrescu Wrote:
> > 
> >> int[] arr = [ 1, 2, 3, 4 ];
> >> auto squares = map!("a * a")(arr);
> >> arr[] = [ 5, 6, 7, 8 ];
> >>
> >> Now iterating squares will see different numbers than the original ones.
> > 
> > 
> > Okay, what is the problem in maintaining a reference to the original array values?
> 
> Efficiency. You'd have to copy the whole range, and in fact deep copy it.
> 
> Andrei

Why can't it be done like copy-on-write? So all such functions would be lazy by default. Maybe on seeing code that modifies original values, a copy is created?

Also with the current proposal I think its still better to provide two version than simply give the lazy func and .eager . Using standard lib functions should involve very little typing and the names make the code more legible. 

Thanks.
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