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Aldo Calpini
March 7, 2005 13:48
Re: Adding linear interpolation to an array
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Dave Whipp wrote:
> Does defining the invocant as "Num @self is constant" constrain the application 
 > of the role to read-only uses of indices?

I don't think you need "is constant". arguments are readonly by default, 
unless you give them the "is rw" trait. I guess that "is constant" means 
that you can specify the index only using a literal, not a variable, eg:

     @test[1]; # ok, 1 is a costant
     my $idx = 1;
     @test[$idx]; # nok, $idx is not a constant

but I may be wrong.

> Does the explicit indexing by an "int" typed value ensure that 
> it'll be non-recursive under MMD?

you mean "Num" typed value? if so, I guess using an explicitly 
non-integer index would make it win under MMD. on the other hand, your 
method could even not be called at all with an integer index.

> If I later decare a sub as
>   sub foo ( @in does LinearInterpolation ) { ... }
> Would I be able to pass a normal (non-interpolating) array to this sub, 
> and then access it using non-integer indices (i.e. is the data in the 
> array independent of the interface through wich it is accessed).

I don't think so. I'm afraid you have to do something like:

     sub foo (@in) {
         my @_in = @in;
         if(! @in.does(LinearInterpolation) ) {
             @_in does LinearInterpolation;
         # go ahead using @_in


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