[Haskell-cafe] Re: Comments from OCaml Hacker Brian Hurt

Dougal Stanton ithika at gmail.com
Fri Jan 16 04:52:01 EST 2009

On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 11:54 PM, ChrisK <haskell at list.mightyreason.com> wrote:

> So the original article, which coined 'Appendable', did so without much
> thought in the middle of a long post.  But it does show the thinking was
> about collections and there is one ONE instance of Monoid at
> http://www.haskell.org/ghc/docs/latest/html/libraries/base/Data-Monoid.html#t%3AMonoid
> that is about a collection (Monoid ([] a)) that has a split operation.

The blind man at the back takes firm hold of the tail and says, "But
why do we need to call it an *elephant*? No-one knows what that is.
Everyone knows what a rope is, so we should just call it a rope."

And that is how the elephant came to be labelled a rope in all the guide books.




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