[Haskell-beginners] Monads

Patrick Lynch kmandpjlynch at verizon.net
Wed Mar 2 22:38:07 CET 2011

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Brent Yorgey" <byorgey at seas.upenn.edu>
To: <beginners at haskell.org>
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 10:37 AM
Subject: Re: [Haskell-beginners] Monads

> On Wed, Mar 02, 2011 at 10:04:38AM -0500, Patrick Lynch wrote:
>> Daniel,
>> Thank you...I understand now...
>> Good day
>> Ps
>> I think my problem that I'm facing is that I don't see how the
>> instance Functor Maybe is derived from the class Functor...
>> for example,
>>  the author Miran Lipovaca gives the following:
>>     class Functor f where
>>     fmap::(a->b)->f a->f b
>>  if Maybe replaces f:
>>     fmap::(a->b)->Maybe a->Maybe b
> Right.
>>  I don't see how the instance Functor Maybe is derived [presumably:
>> 'f' is function (a->b) and not functor 'f' as shown in the class
>> description):
> Yes, here 'f' is a function (a -> b).  It is confusing that often the
> letter f is used both to represent an arbitrary Functor or to
> represent an arbitrary function.  But you can tell the difference by
> seeing whether the f occurs in a type or in some code.
>>     instance Functor Maybe where
>>       fmap f (Just x) = Just (f x)
>>       fmap f Nothing = Nothing
> So you are confused about this code?  Can you be more specific what
> you are confused about?  Try thinking carefully about all the types
> involved.  What is the type of f? (You already answered this: a -> b.)
> What is the type of (Just x)? The type of x?  What type is required on
> the right hand side of the = ?  And so on.
>>>-Hi Brent
>>>I know that Maybe type is: data Maybe a = Nothing | Just a
>>>...so, I assume that the type to the right of the '=' should be Maybe a..
>>>...presumably, it should handle both Nothing and Just a
>>>...so I can see:
>>>     instance Functor Maybe where
>>>       fmap Nothing = Nothing
>>>       fmap Just x = Just x
>>>...presumably, x can be any type, eg Int, String, Char...
>>>...so I don't see where 'f' comes from and I don't understand why (Just 
>>>x) is in parenthesis...
>>>Thanks for your help, I'm beginning to see what I don't know...
>>>Good evening,
> -Brent
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