[Haskell-cafe] is value evaluated?
jochem at functor.nl
Fri May 8 02:45:01 EDT 2009
Nikhil Patil wrote:
> I am curious to know if there is a function in Haskell to find if a
> value has already been evaluated. The function I need would have the type:
>> (?!) :: a -> Bool
I will call this function `evaluated', since it is not a binary operator.
The existence of such a function would violate referential transparency.
What would the value of
( evaluated (fibs !! 100), evaluated (fibs !! 100) )
be ? Suppose that I first print the `fst' of this tuple, then print the
101st Fibonacci nummber, and then print the `snd' of this tuple. By lazy
evaluation, one would expect that this yields
<the 101st Fibonacci number>
but this violates referential transparency.
Jochem Berndsen | jochem at functor.nl
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