Variable instances (Re: Trace on Variable assignment)

Ulf Wiger etxuwig@REDACTED
Fri Nov 3 12:45:16 CET 2000

On Thu, 2 Nov 2000, Klacke wrote:

>On Thu, Nov 02, 2000 at 04:29:23PM -0000, Sean Hinde wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> One of the things I really like in the Ericsson AXE-10 environment is the
>> ability to trace on changes to a variable. I've often found myself wishing
>> for this in the Erlang trace mechanism.
>Not much point in that ehh .... since we can't change the value
>of a variable ???

Of course, many variables are conceptually the same, except we create
a new instance:

X = foo(...),
X1 = bar(X),

Some people would prefer:

X = foo(...),
NewX = bar(X),

And the runtime system can't know that X1 is a modified version of X.

X = foo(...),  % [0] is implicit
X[1] = bar(X),

or perhaps 

X = foo(...),  % \0 is implicit
X\1 = bar(X),

would allow trace on "changes" to a variable, and also introduce a
standard way of describing something that occurs frequently in
most Erlang code I've seen.

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