[Haskell-cafe] map (-2) [1..5]

David House dmhouse at gmail.com
Thu Aug 17 16:17:39 EDT 2006

On 17/08/06, Brian Hulley <brianh at metamilk.com> wrote:
> Literal highlighting in the editor would make it clear that x-2 === x (-2).
> I think a basic issue is that at the moment it is strange that non-negative
> numbers can be specified as literals but negative numbers can't - they can
> only get in through the "back door" of evaluation - which just doesn't seem
> right.

You also can't specify string literals: they're sugar for
'a':'b':'c':[]. You seem to be arguing that syntactic sugar, and by
extension, a small core language, is bad.

-David House, dmhouse at gmail.com

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