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On Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 2:27 PM, David Given wrote:
> On 23/03/10 16:56, "J.Jørgen von Bargen" wrote:
>> A smart compiler could eliminate the debug code, when DEBUG is set to false
> Of course, a smart compiler should be able to tell that the local is
> never being assigned to in the chunk, and is therefore read-only, and do
> the optimisation anyway, without needing the new keyword!

My source optimizer [1] uses a function named "mark_const_locals" that
walks the AST and marks any local variables that are assigned to as
non-const.  It would not be difficult to extend the program to use
this function to support dead code elimination more generally.

Note that even mutable mutable can be used in dead-code elimination.
In the code "local x = false; if x then print(1) end; x = 3", the
conditional block can be eliminated even though you cannot declare x
as "final".