Wired-in type class

Joachim Breitner mail at joachim-breitner.de
Sun Aug 18 21:28:51 CEST 2013


Am Sonntag, den 18.08.2013, 15:24 +0000 schrieb Simon Peyton-Jones:
> * Make NT a wired-in Class.  We don't have any of these at the moment, but there should be no difficulty in creating one, along the lines of the wired-in TyCons in TysWiredIn.  Its data con should have the type
> 	NT :: (a ~R# b) -> NT a b
> * Also make ntCast a wired-in It (see example in MkId), with an unfolding like
> 	ntCast :: NT a b => a -> b
> 	ntCast = /\ab. \d:NT a b.  \x:a.
>                        case d of
>                          NT (g : a ~R# b) -> x |> g                      

thanks; the Core of ntCast looks very much like what I have at the
moment (although I still use an intermediate datatype; but that can
easily be changed later).

> * In the base module, define NT as a data type, and ntCast as a function:
> 	data NT a b where
> 	   NT :: NT a a
> 	ntCast :: NT a b -> a -> b
> 	ntCast NT x = x
> These definitions will never get imported, because the definitions are wired-in.
> And indeed they are slightly wrong: we are declaring NT as a data type not
> a class, and the type of NT will be
> 	NT :: (a ~T# b) -> NT a b
> But they may still be used if, for example, we say (map ntCast xs).  
> All that matters is that their execution behaviour is correct, which it will be.

Is there any reason to prefer such “slightly wrong” definitions which
are overwritten with built-in stuff over simply putting the type
constructors and functions into GHC.Prim?

> * We are only going to allow GHC-derived instances of NT.

Just to be sure: Preventing manual instances is currently not possible
and such a feature would have to be added to GHC, right?

> The instance for NT a a
> may be super-special: as Iavor mentions we can check for that specially in matchInst.
> All the others are generated by a 'deriving' clause.

For some reason I’m still trying hard to make NT as un-special as
possible, including a regular "NT a a" instance. Let’s see how far I get
with that.

I hope to have some code that I can show soon.

> Happy to discuss.  There is probably too much to do, and get settled, for it to be in 7.8 anyway.

I have absolutely no rush for 7.8, so that is not an issue from my side.

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