[Haskell-cafe] calling a variable length parameter lambda
expression
Richard O'Keefe
ok at cs.otago.ac.nz
Tue May 5 22:20:42 EDT 2009
On 6 May 2009, at 4:49 am, Nico Rolle wrote:
> Hi everyone.
>
> I have a problem.
> A function is recieving a lambda expression like this:
> (\ x y -> x > y)
> or like this
> (\ x y z a -> (x > y) && (z < a)
Your first function has type
Ord a => a -> a -> Bool
so your list of parameters must have type
Ord a => [a]
and length 2.
Your second function -- and why do you have the excess parentheses?
they make it harder to read -- has type
Ord a => a -> a -> a -> Bool
so your list of parameters must have type
Ord a => [a]
and length 3.
> but how can i call that expression?
> [parameters] is my list of parameters for the lambda expression.
> lambda_ex is my lambda expression
>
> is there a function wich can do smth like that?
>
> lambda _ex (unfold_parameters parameters)
but in both cases lambda_ex wants a single Ord,
so unfold_parameters parameters would have to
return just that Ord.
You _could_ fake something up for this case using
type classes, but the big question is WHY do you
want to do this? It makes sense for Lisp or Scheme,
but not very much sense for a typed language.
Why are you building a list [x,y] or [x,y,z]
rather than a function (\f -> f x y) or
(\f -> f x y z) so that you can do
parameters lambda_ex?
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