. Re: cross-stack globals, also, file inclusion

J. Landman Gay jacque at hyperactivesw.com
Sat Oct 25 11:32:44 EDT 2003

On 10/25/03 6:05 AM, Martin Baxter wrote:

> I'm no expert so correct me if I'm wrong, but as I understand it, constants
> are a structurally different kind of thing from variables, and there is a
> bit more to it than scripting style preference.
> The major difference I don't think anybody has mentioned is that since the
> value of a constant is known at compile time, it can be inserted directly
> into the resulting object code. So the value has only to be looked up once
> - at compile time - whereas a variable always has to be re-evaluated at
> runtime. A variable that's got from an accessor would seem to be even more
> work because a handler has to be run to determine which variable to look up.

I think this is more true for other languages than for x-talks. We'd 
need Tuv or someone to verify it, but I believe that even constants need 
to be evaluated each time they are used. For example, assume a constant:

  constant x = 123

Now I could use that constant a number of ways in scripts:

  add 1 to x
  put x after myNumber

In the first case, x must be typed internally as an integer. In the 
second case, x must be typed internally as a string. The compiler still 
has to evalute and decide.

Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at hyperactivesw.com
HyperActive Software           |     http://www.hyperactivesw.com

More information about the Use-livecode mailing list