[Haskell-cafe] Re: simulation in the haskell way

Eric Wong wsysdu at gmail.com
Tue Aug 18 18:40:45 EDT 2009

I used to think about a physical engine in a similar way, and I think it
can work. But in some simulations that objects have lots of dependencies
on others can be tricky. For instance, object o1 depends on o2, if we 
represent them in pure values, when we update o2, then o1 must be 
updated with a new o2 value, isn't it?

Recently I want to implement the digital circuit simulation in SICP using
Haskell as an exercise. In the Scheme version, each Wire is represented
as a function with local states. It records the signal on the wire and 
actions it will take when the signal changes to activate other wires.
How to represent the Wire in haskell purely?

If I use State Monad (yes, it's pure :) to repsent a wire with local state,
the interaction between connected wires is really tricky to implement.
any ideas?


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