[mercury-users] partial instantiation?

Paul Bone pbone at csse.unimelb.edu.au
Wed Apr 14 13:52:39 AEST 2010

On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 05:38:04AM +0200, Tomas By wrote:
> On Wed, April 14, 2010 05:14, Paul Bone wrote:
> > On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 05:03:02AM +0200, Tomas By wrote:
> >> I suspect I would also need complicated mode declarations for the third
> >> parameter (cmdproc), as that also has free variables?
> >
> > Yes, that's right.
> Ok, thanks, I will see if I can get it to work.
> Just one more question right now: how many different inst/mode declarations
> (for parameter three) will I need here?
> |cmd( "command", [],              dosomething(0,"filename") ).
> |cmd( "command", [str(F)],        dosomething(0,F)          ).
> |cmd( "command", [int(N)],        dosomething(N,"filename") ).
> |cmd( "command", [str(F),int(N)], dosomething(N,F)          ).
> Four? (bound-bound, bound-free, free-bound, free-free)


Now that I look more closely in some cases (of cmd/3) you are fully
instantiating the 2nd and 3rd arguments, and it other cases you are only using
partial instantiation.  You need to use either one or the other in _all_ cases.

Try to work out why you _need_ partial instantiation.  If you can't find a good
reason then you don't need it :-).  It might also be useful to re-think your
data structures, try using the maybe type within the arguments of the
dosomething constructor.

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