[Haskell-beginners] untilM and scanM

Brent Yorgey byorgey at seas.upenn.edu
Sun Jan 11 11:26:46 EST 2009

On Mon, Jan 05, 2009 at 02:16:11PM +0100, Jan Snajder wrote:
> Hi,
> is there a reason why there is no monadic version of "until" in the
> Haskell libraries? It would be defined as follows:
> untilM :: (Monad m) => (a -> Bool) -> (a -> m a) -> a -> m a
> untilM p f x | p x       = return x
>              | otherwise = f x >>= untilM p f
> The same applies to scanM, also not part of the libraries:
> scanM :: (Monad m) => (a -> b -> m a) -> a -> [b] -> m [a]
> scanM f q [] = return [q]
> scanM f q (x:xs) =
>    do q2 <- f q x
>       qs <- scanM f q2 xs
>       return (q:qs)
> I often find myself in need for these. To me these seem idiomatic enough
> to be included in the library. But since they is not, I guess there must
> be another, more idiomatic way to do this.

There's no particular reason these aren't in the standard libraries
that I know of.  I've written untilM myself once or twice.  Perhaps
there are multiple slightly different ways to implement them and no
one can agree; or perhaps no one has ever proposed adding them.  But
there's no more idiomatic way to do this that I know of.


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