[Haskell-beginners] Argument order and partial function application

Tom Murphy amindfv at gmail.com
Thu Aug 19 18:53:08 EDT 2010

Hi all,
     Thanks for this great resource. I've got a basic question about partial
function application:

Let's say I have a very basic function:

     volumeFunction length width height = length * width * height

Its type signature is:

     volumeFunction :: Int -> Int -> Int -> Int

This implies that I first pass it the length, *then* the width, *then* the
So while it is very easy for me to write

     volumeWithLengthTen = volumeFunction 10

, it's not possible to create a volumeWithWidthTen or volumeWithHeightTen.

     I can see how I might be able to "hack" my way into accessing the
"width" argument with infix functions, but there's no way at all that I can
see to access the height. This seems arbitrary to me: my volumeFunction
doesn't need them in the order they're given. Is there a way around this?
Could I somehow combine three smaller functions?

I appreciate any insight.

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