[Haskell-cafe] OO Design in Haskell Example (Draft)

Tim Docker timd at macquarie.com.au
Sun Feb 25 18:26:44 EST 2007

Steve Downey wrote: 
 > So, I've been working on a Composite example. I've used
 > existential types to have a generic proxy to the base
 > type, rather than a simple algebraic type, since adding
 > new leaves to the algebraic type means modifying the whole
 > type, a violation of the Open-Closed principle (open for
 > extension, closed for modification)

Rather than using existential types, a simple record of
functions can be often be useful. ie:

data Component = Component {
    draw :: String
    add  :: Component -> Component

It might be worth comparing this approach with the (more
complex) one you have described.


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