[Haskell-cafe] Polymorphic algebraic type constructors
Ralf.Laemmel at cwi.nl
Wed Jun 23 14:00:35 EDT 2004
Graham Klyne wrote:
> It's been a while since I looked at the "boilerplate" work, but
> looking at your code I think it depends on gmapQ of the polymorphic
> value to be converted. Does your generic Haskell processor generate
> this automagically?
One needs Data and Typeable instances which are automagically derived by
(The code I sent relies on GHC CVS as of months ago. GHC 6.2's
Data/Generics uses some different names in a few spots.)
> Anyway, it reminds me of a private communication I received on this
> topic, suggesting that the "problem" could be resolved by making the
> polymorphic container type an instance of Functor, and using fmap to
> do the conversion. This ensures that the other constructors only need
> to be mentioned once (in the fmap instance).
As you probably notice, "Either" would require a *bifunctor*.
Unless you fix the last argument as variation point.
And then, the bmap would take two argument functions.
One would be the id function in your instance.
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