[Haskell-cafe] commending "Design concepts in programming
languages"
Daniel Fischer
daniel.is.fischer at web.de
Fri May 8 11:30:42 EDT 2009
Am Freitag 08 Mai 2009 15:51:28 schrieb Miguel Mitrofanov:
> j.waldmann wrote on 08.05.2009 17:39:
> > Wow. This is really a bikeshed discussion. My post contained praise for
> > the book,
> > a critique of one of its design decisions (intermediate language not
> > explicitely typed),
> > and a syntactical remark. Guess what the discussion is about.
> > (This is also known as http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Wadlers_Law)
> >
> > If you're advocating (f.g) = \ x -> f(g(x)), then:
I'm not advocating it, just objecting to you calling it wrong, because that's the common
definition.
> >
> > 1. Define composition of relations.
>
> R1 . R2 = {(x, y) | \exists z : (x, z) \in R2 & (z, y) \in R1}
>
> That's the definition I've usually seen. (If I'm not mistaken).
>
Same here, I can't remember having seen any other definition.
But I won't deny that it would flow more easily if it were the other way round.
> > 2. Is a function a special case of a relation?
In set theory, a function is usually *defined* as a relation R where R[{a}] has at most
one element, so yes.
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