[Haskell-cafe] Stacking monads
andrewcoppin at btinternet.com
Fri Oct 3 15:10:27 EDT 2008
Jake McArthur wrote:
> Andrew Coppin wrote:
>> But on the other hand, that would seem to imply that every monad is
>> trivially applicative, yet studying the libraries this is not the case.
> Actually, it is the case. It is technically possible to write:
> instance Monad m => Applicative m where
> pure = return
> (<*>) = ap
> We don't include the above definition because it elimimates all
> possibility of specialization.
I don't follow.
> The reason for the separation of the two for many functions is so that
> types which are instances of only one of the two can still take
> advantage of the functionality.
Well, that makes sense once you assume two seperate, unconnected
classes. I'm still fuzzy on that first point though.
>> Foldable seems simplish, except that it refers to some odd "monoid"
>> class that looks suspiciously like "MonadPlus" but isn't... wuh?
> A Monoid is simply anything that has an identity element (mempty) and
> an associative binary operation (mappend). It is not necessary for a
> complete instance of Foldable.
Again, it looks like MonadPlus == Monad + Monoid, except all the method
names are different. Why do we have this confusing duplication?
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