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Re^3: Creating accessors on the fly, or not...

by stvn (Monsignor)
on Jun 13, 2009 at 18:07 UTC ( #771272=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Can you point me to a good explanation of why make_immutable is recommended?

So in an effort to contribute to the Iron Man blogging challenge I have posted a response here. I will copy the "short answer" part of my post here, but for a more detailed and in-depth explanation check out the blog post.

So the short answer is that making your class immutable is good because it memoizes several metaclass methods and installs an optimized constructor and destructor for your class and therefore helps reduce a fair amount of the cost (during runtime) of all the abstraction that the MOP provides.

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Re^4: Creating accessors on the fly, or not...
by dsheroh (Monsignor) on Jun 14, 2009 at 10:30 UTC
    Thanks for the very thorough answer! It really clarifies why, in Pichi's benchmarks, the immutable version creates objects about 10x faster than the mutable one. (And I'm always happy to provide someone with an excuse for an Iron Man post, seeing as I always seem to be looking for them myself.)

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