[Haskell-cafe] Question about "Arrows and Computation" by Paterson

Ross Paterson ross at soi.city.ac.uk
Thu Mar 23 12:37:30 EST 2006

On Thu, Mar 23, 2006 at 09:20:10AM -0800, Reilly Hayes wrote:
> My question originates with the statement at the bottom of page 205 (the
> 5th page of the paper) regarding the behavior of the function 'first':
> " ... while 'first' routes the state through f:".  My problem is that
> this statement appears to be erroneous.  My reading of the code would
> indicate that 'first' does not do this at all.  The state portion of the
> Arrow remains unaltered.

Try this picture:

          | unassoc
    ((s,b),  d)
       |     |
     f |  x  | id
       v     v
    ((s',c), d)
          | assoc

The state type is not changed, but its value can be.  It is the second
part of the input (d) that is passed through.

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