[Haskell-cafe] Generics Versus Parametric Polymorphism

Alp Mestan alp at mestan.fr
Wed Mar 11 03:35:18 EDT 2009

> Parametric polymorphism is kinda boring in Haskell -- since it's been
> there since the beginning.
> We tend to reserve the term "generics" for higher order, and fancier,
> polymorphism. These kinds of things:
>    http://hackage.haskell.org/packages/archive/pkg-list.html#cat:generics
> -- Don

I think he was refering to "Java Generics", this kind of things.
Java's generics are much less powerful than parametric polymorphism in

Alp Mestan
In charge of the C++ section on Developpez.com.
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