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Would it be safe to introduce the "freeze" statement?

Would it be safe to introduce the freeze statement for freezing a mutable object into an immutable object? Such statement would mix well into dynamically-typed ...
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How can a compiler optimise persistent data structures to use mutable data structures "under the hood"?

Consider for a motivating example a copy-on-write array, which implements a persistent (i.e. immutable) array data type. As an optimisation at runtime, a reference counter can be used to avoid the ...
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Is there any way a Java-like language could implement immutable primitive arrays without incurring performance penalties?

I asked: What prevents Java from having immutable primitive arrays? a while back and got an answer: Because immutable primitive arrays would typically require checking some immutable flag every time a ...
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Why do some languages have both immutable "variables" and constants?

Some programming languages (Rust is one I can think of off the top of my head) provides mechanisms to have immutable variables but they also have constants. Isn't an immutable variable just a constant?...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of immutable languages?

This means variables can't be overwritten, arrays can't be modified, and nothing can be modified "in-place" - a new variable has to be created. Or if you need to modify it with a loop, then ...
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What are the downsides of making all strings immutable to improve security and concurrency?

Many programming languages (such as Java) make strings immutable to mitigate many potential serious security threats. Are there any major downsides or issues with a language having all strings ...
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