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Andrei Alexandrescu via Digitalmars-d digitalmars-d at
Sun Nov 15 11:57:12 PST 2015

On 11/15/2015 01:50 PM, Jonathan M Davis wrote:
> On Sunday, 15 November 2015 at 18:09:15 UTC, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
>> On 11/15/2015 01:00 PM, Jonathan M Davis wrote:
>>> Basically, we have to decide between having physical const with the
>>> guarantees that it provides
>> We have that - it's immutable. -- Andrei
> Yes and no. As it stands, I can know that
> const foo = getFoo();
> won't mutate foo unless I have another, mutable reference to foo
> somewhere that bar somehow accessed.

That is an illusion, and we need to internalize that. Consider:

// inside some module
struct T
   int[] data;
   void bar()
     // look, ma, no hands
static int[] g_data;
const(T) getFoo()
   T result; = g_data = [1, 2, 3];
   return result;

In other words, you truly need access to the implementation of getFoo() 
in order to claim anything about the changeability of stuff. Note that I 
could even afford to have getFoo() return const, so no need for the 
caller to make it so!

With immutable, it's all cool. Immutable data is truly immutable, and 
that can be counted on. But const, even today, cannot be assumed to be 
as strong.


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