Re: Memory

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On Sun, 10 Jan 1999 01:15:06 +0000, Tor Bernhard Gausen <tor.gausen at C2I.NET>

>Robert Craig writes:
>> The Euphoria programmer can't tell whether an
>> atom is stored in one bit, one byte, 4 bytes, a
>> double, a 64-bit integer etc.
>Perhaps this is a silly question, but I just want to be certain...
>Does this mean that if I fill up a sequence with say 1.000 atoms
>containing only zeros and ones (each atom holding the value 0 OR
>the value 1), then the sequence will take up only about 125 bytes ?
>I mean, THAT would be (or perhaps it _IS_) great!
>The reason why I ask is that I somehow got the impression that
>each atom required a minimum of  4 bytes, which sounds like a
>terrible waste...
>What's right and what's wrong?

I think he means the _programmer_ doesn't need to know.
The person who writes Euphoria does - and can change that
in the future as long as no one depends on it being any
certain fixed size.
>And while I'm at it, can anyone tell me specifically what the term
>'structure' means ? Example; is it related to code or data? Please
>convert your answear to my 2-digit IQ format smile

Both. A structure is a way to "package" variables so they can be
handled more conveniently.
Example in unEuphoria code:
  structure customer
     sequence name, addr, city, state, zip, phone
     integer age
  end structure

You could make assignments as follows: = "John Smith" = "555-1212"
   customer.age = 23
and write to disk as puts(fn, customer)
or assign the whole thing in one swell foop: thiscustomer = customer
which does the same as: =
  thiscustomer.addr = customer.addr = so on.

There's also the term "structured code" which is another thing


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