[Haskell-cafe] evaluation semantics of bind

Gregg Reynolds dev at mobileink.com
Thu Feb 5 10:46:48 EST 2009

On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 9:27 AM, Bulat Ziganshin
<bulat.ziganshin at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hello Gregg,
> Thursday, February 5, 2009, 6:20:06 PM, you wrote:
> > An optimizer can see that the result of the first getChar is
> > discarded and replace the entire expression with one getChar without
> > changing the formal semantics.
> this is prohibited by using pseudo-value of type RealWorld which is
> passed through entire action stream. actually, order of execution is
> controlled by dependencies on this values
> http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/IO_inside
> Thanks.  I actually read that a few weeks ago and forgot all about it.  So
the gist is that type IO has special magic semantics.  Formal, but hidden.
Which means monad semantics are built in to the language, at least for that
type.  The Haskell Report doesn't seem to say anything about this, which
seems odd.

But then for non-IO monads, the optimization would be allowed, no?  Of
course; only the IO monad has external world behavior.


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