[erlang-questions] Calling a Function with Same argument twice

Ulf Wiger ulf.wiger@REDACTED
Thu Oct 15 13:17:25 CEST 2009

sapan shah wrote:
> So, the basic question is: If the test/2 function is side effect free 
> (no put, no get or no io:format..), would erlang evaluater still call 
> the test/2 function again, if it had called the same fuction with same 
> arguments erlier???

The evaluator will always do so.

The compiler (which I assume was what you meant) is sometimes
able to inline the function, if it is a local function, and
simple enough. See the man page for the 'compile' module.

Otherwise, it will always call the function each time.

Ulf W
Ulf Wiger
CTO, Erlang Training & Consulting Ltd

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