[Haskell-cafe] curious about sum

Keith Sheppard keithshep at gmail.com
Wed Jun 17 15:50:45 EDT 2009

Haskell's numeric literals are strict. You wouldn't want that to
change right? It seems to me that having sum and product be strict is
consistent with this.


On Wed, Jun 17, 2009 at 11:15 AM, Thomas Davie<tom.davie at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 17 Jun 2009, at 13:32, Yitzchak Gale wrote:
>> Henk-Jan van Tuyl wrote:
>>> reverse
>>> maximum
>>> minimum
>> Oh yes, please fix those also!
> import Prelude.Strict?
> Honestly, these functions are ones that I've *deffinately* used lazy
> versions of, in fact, in the cases of minimum/maximum I've even used ones
> that are super-lazy and parallel using unamb.
> It would be extremely odd to randomly decide "most people would want this to
> be strict" based on no knowledge of what they're actually doing.  Instead,
> why don't we stand by the fact that haskell is a lazy language, and that the
> functions we get by default are lazy, and then write a strict prelude as I
> suggest above to complement the lazy version.
> Bob
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