[Haskell-cafe] Re: Implementing fixed-sized vectors (using datatype algebra?)

Alfonso Acosta alfonso.acosta at gmail.com
Sat Mar 15 07:56:53 EDT 2008

On Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 9:58 PM, Wolfgang Jeltsch
<g9ks157k at acme.softbase.org> wrote:
> Am Freitag, 14. März 2008 17:46 schrieben Sie:
>  > I think that removing aliases completely is not a good idea. How about
>  > generating much lower aliases for decimals (lets say until 1000),
>  I don't think, this is a good idea.  Like nobody will need an alias for 8247,
>  nobody will need an alias for 824.  The main point is that it is unnecessary
>  to have a continuous range of numbers for which aliases exist.  If you need
>  aliases, you need them for "outstanding" values.  Maybe you need aliases for
>  all powers of 2 up to a certain number.  Or aliases for all square numbers.
>  Therefore I think that if we want aliases then we should let the user and only
>  the user generate them.  This has also the interesting consequence that the
>  type-level package doesn't need the Template Haskell language extension
>  anymore.  After all, using the template-haskell package doesn't imply that
>  you have to have a TH-enabled compiler, as far as I know.

I don't agree. Not using aliases is a big pain, which means that every
user wanting to use vectors with sizes biger than 10 (i.e. all)  will
have to generate their own alias set.

It would be really annoying having to generate the aliases every time
the library is used.

Let's agree on a minimum alias set likely to be used by most of the
users, small enough to get a reasonable object code size and compile
time (we can even prevent haddock from parsing the alias module and
just write a comment indicating what aliases are and which ones are
generated if that helps). Generating type redefinitions up to decimal
500 shouldn't be such a big overhead (at least compared to the quntity
of aliases generated right now).

>  > droping the other bases,
>  That's a good idea.

>  > and exporting a function to extended the alias range at will?
>  I'd rather propose something like this:
>     $(numAliasDecls [2 ^ n | n <- 0..16])
>  So that numAliasDecls has a type like [Int] -> [Decl].

That doesn't include bases, which might be important for the end user
(for example Oleg wrote his type-evel numerical library in base 2
because it was aimed at system development).

I'd rather propose a modification of
Data.TypeLevel.Num.Aliases.genAliases which probably should be aware
of the aliases already generated in the library so that they are not

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