Does associative array change the location of values?

Stanislav Blinov stanislav.blinov at
Sat Oct 30 00:49:04 UTC 2021

On Friday, 29 October 2021 at 21:00:48 UTC, Steven Schveighoffer 

> This is incorrect, the buckets are each heap allocated. Just 
> the array of bucket pointers would change.
> In addition, AAs do not deallocate the key/value pairs ever. 
> You are safe to obtain a pointer to a value and it will stay 
> there, even if you remove the key.

Who's going to document these implementation details? ;) I mean, 
if no one, then the above shouldn't be stated. Wouldn't you agree?

Given the premise of the question at hand, it does seem useful to 
know these. But at least one should stress what is and isn't 
subject to change (even if unlikely).

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