[Haskell-cafe] Re: [Haskell] Extensible records: Static duck typing

Tim Chevalier catamorphism at gmail.com
Wed Feb 6 13:27:36 EST 2008

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On 2/6/08, Barney Hilken <b.hilken at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> This is what I was trying to do with the wiki page. I stopped because
> the only other contributor decided he could no longer contribute, and
> I felt I was talking to myself. If we want to be rational about the
> design, we need real examples to demonstrate what is genuinely useful,
> and I don't have that many of them.

It's obvious that records are a language feature that people besides
just you care about. And so everybody would benefit from your effort
if you chose to continue adding more examples to the wiki page.

Records clearly seem to be an important issue if so many people have
replied to your thread, and your comment expressing frustration at
"arbitrary decisions" getting made about design seems to suggest you
have some passion about the issue. On the other hand, if you can't
think of real examples offhand, and no one else can either, maybe it's
not that important... (Examples don't have to be very complicated to
be useful, by the way. Simpler is better.)


Tim Chevalier * http://cs.pdx.edu/~tjc * Often in error, never in doubt
"If pots couldn't call kettles black, there'd be a lot less talking
going on."  -- Larissa Ranbom

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