[Haskell-beginners] Are tuples really needed?

David McBride toad3k at gmail.com
Tue Aug 28 16:23:50 CEST 2012

Pattern matching makes tuples really useful.  Sometimes you just want to
return a pair of values and you don't feel like making a one off
constructor for it.

Eg: random :: (RandomGen g, Random a) => g -> (a, g).  Without tuples you'd
have to have a one off type data RandomGenWithRandom g a  = RGWR g a, which
is overkill, when you just wanted two values.

On Mon, Aug 27, 2012 at 9:47 PM, Carlos J. G. Duarte <
carlos.j.g.duarte at gmail.com> wrote:

> Sorry if this question is too insane, but I was wondering if tuples are
> really needed in Haskell. I mean, could tuples be generally replaced by
> variables unroll (f x y z) and explicit data types, or are there some
> things only possible to do via tuples?
> Thx in advance (and sorry if this looks silly).
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