[Haskell-cafe] State of OOP in Haskell
Donald Bruce Stewart
dons at cse.unsw.edu.au
Sat Jan 27 21:48:31 EST 2007
> ...In the tradition of the "letters of an ignorant newbie"...
> What's the consensus on the OOP in Haskell *now*? There're some
> libraries such as OOHaskell, O'Haskell, and Haskell~98's own qualified
> type system with inheritance.
> If I have GHC, which way to do anything OOP-like is considered "right"
Using existentials and typeclasses to do some OO things wouldn't be
considered unidiomatic (particularly, using existentials to package up
interfaces to values).
In general though, using a functional approach will produce better
(simpler) Haskell code, and make it more likely others will understand it.
Personally, I run in fear from OO Haskell ;)
Concrete examples of when you think you need an OO feature might be
useful, so people can discuss the more FP solutions to the same problem.
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