[Haskell-cafe] A Foldable binary search tree
brad.larsen at gmail.com
Sat Dec 22 23:15:57 EST 2007
On Sat, 22 Dec 2007 22:41:37 -0500, Neil Mitchell <ndmitchell at gmail.com>
>> data (Ord a) => BST a = Empty | BST (BST a) a (BST a)
> Experience has taught me to _never_ put class contexts on data
> definitions. Now you can't write something as simple as "Empty" - you
> have to give it a class context. This is just plain annoying.
With the class context in the BST definition, ghc gives no complaints when
I evaluate "Empty":
*BST> :t Empty
Empty :: BST a
I assume I misunderstand you.
> I would accept this pain if it meant I could write:
> insert :: a -> BST a -> BST a
> and have the Ord silently inserted - but you can't. You still have to
> write the Ord a => explicitly.
I see what you mean here. To get ghc to accept my code (where BST is
Foldable), I omit the class context from the data definition, but add the
Ord class context to the signatures of the BST functions that require it
(insert, for example).
> As a result, I see no advantage to adding the class constraint, and
> plenty of disadvantages. If there are some advantages to this context
> I would be interested to know what they are.
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