Bikeshedding request for GHCi's :type
eir at cis.upenn.edu
Tue Apr 26 13:08:27 UTC 2016
Over the weekend, I was pondering the Haskell course I will be teaching next year and shuddered at having to teach Foldable at the same time as `length`. So I implemented feature request #10963 (https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/ticket/10963), which allows for a way for a user to request a specialization of a type. It all works wonderfully, but there is a real user-facing design issue here around the default behavior of :type and whether or not to add new :type-y like commands. I have outlined the situation here: https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Design/GHCi/Type
I'd love some broad input on this issue. If you've got a stake in how this all works, please skim that wiki page and comment on #10963.
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