[Haskell-cafe] FAQ: Why no interactive definitions?

J. Garrett Morris trevion at gmail.com
Thu Dec 22 14:06:23 EST 2005

In ghci at least, you can enter definitions like that using let binding:

let mysquare x = x * x


On 12/22/05, Greg Woodhouse <gregory.woodhouse at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> In neither GHCi nor Hugs (so far as I know) is it possible to
> interactively enter definitions. coming from Scheme, this was a bit of
> a surprise, as I'm used to being able to enter, say
> (define mysquare
>     (lambda (x)
>       (* x x)))
> Is this just a matter of the feature not being implemented, or is there
> a deeper reason for this?
> ===
> Gregory Woodhouse  <gregory.woodhouse at sbcglobal.net>
> "Interaction is the mind-body problem of computing."
> --Philip L. Wadler
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