ArrowAssoc / AnyVal question

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Ryan Williams

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Mar 7, 2017, 11:52:22 AM3/7/17
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My understanding of value-classes led me to believe that usages of the "->" from ArrowAssoc would be compiled out and run as if Tuple2's had been instantiated directly.

However, when I feed this file to scalac (2.12.1):

// Test.scala
object Test {
  val tuple = "aaa" -> "bbb"
}

I see instances of ArrowAssoc in the resulting bytecode.

Here's a gist with the .scala and .class files as well as the ASMified .class file.

What am I missing?

Jasper-M

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Mar 8, 2017, 7:49:23 AM3/8/17
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Hi Ryan,

object Test {
  val tuple = "aaa" -> "bbb"
}

is transformed to something like

object Test {
  val tuple = Predef.ArrowAssoc.->(Predef.ArrowAssoc("aaa"), "bbb")
}

and the conversion Predef.ArrowAssoc is defined like this:

def ArrowAssoc[A](a: A): A = a

So no new instances are created. All that happens is a method call to -> on a singleton object and a method call to an identity function. 
I agree that that extra method call could be avoided, but I think it's an artifact of how implicit conversions and value classes are compiled in different stages. And it will probably be optimized away at runtime anyway.

Kind regards,
Jasper

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