[mercury-users] partially instantiated data structures

Thomas Conway conway at cs.mu.OZ.AU
Mon Jul 19 14:25:01 AEST 1999

On Fri, Jul 16, 1999 at 01:11:22PM EST, Don Smith wrote:
> > When would you use partially instantiated data structures (if you
> > could) in Mercury? Given that you can't alias free variables, I'm
> > interested to know how you would like to use them. Do you have
> > specific uses in mind?
> I'd use them in DCGs, so that I could incrementally construct a partial
> semantic representation or parse tree.  But I suspect that the strong
> moding would limit the usefulness of partially instantiated modes (PIMs?),
> because the PIM would have to be static.

Exactly. See my other post.

 Thomas Conway )O+     Every sword has two edges.
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