[Haskell-cafe] Is there a null statement that does nothing?
bulat.ziganshin at gmail.com
Thu Oct 22 03:10:34 EDT 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009, 4:59:43 AM, you wrote:
"return ()" does the trick if another branch also returns ()
> Thanks guys,
> I understand what you're telling me, but have some nested IFs and
> just want to fall through on one of the ELSES but then I end up with
> two ELSES in a row and nothing between them. Oh, well, on to restructuring.
> --- On Wed, 10/21/09, Tim Wawrzynczak <inforichland at gmail.com> wrote:
> From: Tim Wawrzynczak <inforichland at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Haskell-cafe] Is there a null statement that does nothing?
> To: "michael rice" <nowgate at yahoo.com>
> Cc: haskell-cafe at haskell.org
> Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 8:49 PM
> Yes, an if statement must have both 'then' and 'else' branches. As an example, what if you had
> let a = if b == 2 then True else False
> and you were missing an else branch? What would 'a' get assigned to?
> The if statement "returns" a value so must have both branches.
> However, in a monadic constraint, there are the functions 'when'
> and 'unless.' They allow conditional evaluation of expressions in a monadic context. For example,
> main = do
> line <- getLine
> when (line == "hello") putStrLn "Hello back!"
> - Tim
> On Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 7:43 PM, michael rice <nowgate at yahoo.com> wrote:
> It looks like both the THEN and the ELSE in an IF expression must
> each have an expression. What's a graceful way to do nothing in
> either or both slots, kind of like the Fortran CONTINUE statement.
> [michael at localhost ~]$ ghci
> GHCi, version 6.10.3: http://www.haskell.org/ghc/ :? for help
> Loading package ghc-prim ... linking ... done.
> Loading package integer ... linking ... done.
> Loading package base ... linking ... done.
Prelude>> if (1==1) then else
> <interactive>:1:15: parse error on input `else'
Prelude>> if (1==1) then True else
> <interactive>:1:24: parse error (possibly incorrect indentation)
Prelude>> if (1==1) then True else False
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