digraph edges and improper lists

Fred Youhanaie fly@REDACTED
Mon Dec 20 20:52:46 CET 2021

Hi Mikael

On 20/12/2021 18:19, Mikael Pettersson wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 20, 2021 at 6:12 PM Fred Youhanaie <fly@REDACTED> wrote:
>> Hi Dmytro
>> Many thanks for the explanation and the links.
>> So, we save memory when using an improper list instead of proper list of 2 elements.
>> How about 2-element tuples? It seems to be similar to the improper list, but I haven't read text properly yet!
> A 2-element tuple consumes 2+1 = 3 words, so it's not as compact as a
> single list cell. It's also faster to determine the shape of that
> single list cell than of the 2-element tuple (for the list cell we
> only need to inspect the handle, while for the 2-element tuple we also
> have to fetch its header and inspect that).

Many thanks for the clarification.

> As long as this is hidden behind appropriate ADTs no-one should care
> what the representation is.

For the digraph, I didn't care about the representation until logger crashed in me!


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