[Haskell-cafe] Aren't type system extensions fun?
Miguel Mitrofanov
miguelimo38 at yandex.ru
Mon May 26 17:28:18 EDT 2008
> class Typable x => Term x where
> gmapT :: (forall y. Term y => y -> y) -> x -> x
In "gmapT f x" the function f must be of type "forall y. Termy => y ->
y". That means that for EACH type y which is an instance of "Term"
class, f maps y to y. You can't do something like "gmapT (+ 1) x",
since (+ 1) is not general enough.
However, if, say, Term class provides a method
class Term a where
...
pnt :: a
...
then you CAN do, for example, "gmapT (const pnt) x", since the type of
"const pnt" is general enough (and even more general).
> At this point, I am at a complete loss as to how this is any
> different from
>
> gmapT :: Term y => (y -> y) -> x -> x
Here you CAN do "gmapT (+ 1) x", assuming that, say, Int is an
instance of Term class.
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