Module Lazy_m

module Lazy_m: sig .. end
A non-threadsafe reimplementation of Lazy

Lazy values reimplementation.

There are two advantages to reimplementing the lazy module in pure Ocaml. Advantage number one is speed: I've measured ~140 clocks to force a standard lazy value the first time, and ~80 clocks to force it the second time. If the lazy computation you're avoiding is creating a simple cons cell, this is horribly expensive. The following implementation is like ~30 clocks to force the lazy value the first time, and single-digit clocks to force it the second time.

The second one is that we can make lazy values a monad. This is a correctness issue, as a common mistake with laziness is not being lazy enough. This is much easier to get right if you're doing monadic binding.

There are two downsides to doing it this way. One, you can't use lazy keyword. And two, this implementation uses a little more memory per lazy value (it currently uses 5 words/lazy value).

type 'a t 
The lazy type
val of_val : 'a -> 'a t
Create a lazy value of a non-lazy value. The lazy value created will be already forced, for obvious reasons.
val of_fun : (unit -> 'a) -> 'a t
Create a lazy value of a function. The function will not be executed until the lazy value is first forced, and will only be executed once.

If the function raises an exception, all futures forces of the lazy value will also raise the same exception.

val force : 'a t -> 'a
Force the lazy value.

If the function that produces the value throws an exception, this function will throw the same exception.

val is_val : 'a t -> bool
Returns true if the lazy value has been forced and did not throw an exception.
include Monad