[Haskell-cafe] A different Maybe maybe

Neil Mitchell ndmitchell at gmail.com
Wed Mar 7 18:00:27 EST 2007


> For a while I have been thinking: Isn't there a way to get rid of the
> intermediate Maybe construct in a common expression like "fromMaybe
> default . lookup". It seems that a way to do that would be to pass more
> information to the Maybe-generating function: What to do with a
> Just-Value, and what to return in case of Nothing. This leads to a new
> definion of the Maybe data type as a function. Later I discovered that
> this seems to work for any algebraic data type.


Is that the kind of concept you mean?

I found this paper quite accessible, so it might be of interest to you.



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