Author josh.r
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Date 2021-01-13.05:07:09
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Gregory: Even in a low-level compiled language (say, C++), pretty sure the compiler can't automatically optimize out:

    if (x) { }

unless it has sure knowledge of the implementation of operator bool; if operator bool's implementation isn't in the header file, and link time optimization isn't involved, it has to call it to ensure any side-effects it might have are invoked.

It can only bypass the call if it knows the implementation of operator bool and can verify it has no observable side-effects (as-if rule). There are exceptions to the as-if rule for optimizations in special cases (copy elision), but I'm pretty sure operator bool isn't one of them; if the optimizer doesn't know the implementation of operator bool, it must call it just in case it does something weird but critical to the program logic.

Point is, I agree that:

if x:

must evaluate non-constant-literal x for truthiness, no matter how silly that seems (not a huge loss, given very little code should ever actually do that).
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