package records

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Dynamic records

This library enables you to define and manipulate dynamic records in OCaml.


Let us define a "point" record with three integer fields: x, y and z.

First, declare a new record layout.

module Point = (val Record.Safe.declare "point")

Second, define the fields. They have the type (int, Point.s) field (Point.s is a phantom type that guarantees type safety).

let x = Point.field "x"
let y = Point.field "y"
let z = Point.field "z"

Third, "seal" this record structure. This prevents it from being further modified. Structures must be sealed before they can be used.

let () = Point.seal ()

At this point, you have a working record structure. The next step is to create actual records. They have the type Point.s Record.t and are created using Point.make. Initially their fields have no value.

let _ =
  let p = Point.make () in
  Record.set p x 3;
  Record.set p y 4;
  Record.set p z 5;
  Record.format Format.std_formatter p

The last line outputs:



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