What is the good way to handle a lot of loosely tied components in F #?

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I'm trying to translate an idea I had from OOP concepts to FP concepts, but I'm not quite sure how to best go about it. I want to have multiple collections of records, but have individual records linked across the collections. In C# I would probably use multiple Dictionary objects with an Entity-specific ID as a common key, so that given any set of the dictionaries, a method could extract a particular Entity using its ID/Name.

I guess I could do the same thing in F#, owing to its hybrid nature, but I'd prefer to be more purely functional. What is the best structure to do what I'm talking about here?

I had considered maybe a trie or a patricia trie, but I shouldn't need very deep name searching, and I'm more likely to have one or two of some things and lots of other things. It's a game design idea, so, for example, you'd only have one "Player" but could have tons of "Enemy1", "Enemy2" etc.

Is there a really good data structure for fast keyed lookup in FP, or should I just stick to Dictionary/Hashmaps?


Use the F# module Collections.Map. My bet is that it implements balanced binary search trees, the data structure of choice for this task in functional programming.

Tries are hard to program and mostly useful in specialized applications such as search engine indexing, where they are commonly used as a secondary store on top of an array/database/etc. Don't use them unless you know you need to.