[Haskell-cafe] Comments from OCaml Hacker Brian Hurt

Cale Gibbard cgibbard at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 18:10:48 EST 2009

2009/1/15 Sittampalam, Ganesh <ganesh.sittampalam at credit-suisse.com>:
> Lennart Augustsson wrote:
>> I think the documentation should be reasonably newbie-friendly too.
>> But that doesn't mean we should call Monoid Appendable.
>> Appendable is just misleading, since Monoid is more general than
>> appending.
> Then why does it have a member named 'mappend'? :-)
> Ganesh

Good question. The names of the methods of the Monoid class are inappropriate.

My personal preference would be:

class Monoid m where
   zero :: m
   (++) :: m -> m -> m

(in the Prelude of course)

 - Cale

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