State Transformer

Theodore Norvell
Fri, 11 Jan 2002 15:14:28 -0800

> DIY monads are good when: you fix the state variables, you don't want
> to mention them in subprogram parameters.

I've taken this solution for a fairly large piece of software.
One word of warning about DIY state monads, you have to be very carefull
about strictness and lazyness.  If your monad or state are at all lazy,
you can end up dragging a lot of old states around.  When you construct a new
state, you want to be sure that it contains no unevaluated references to
a previous state!

Theodore Norvell

Dr. Theodore Norvell                                 
Electrical and Computer Engineering      
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Memorial University of Newfoundland
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