[Haskell-cafe] Re: philosophy of Haskell

Brandon S Allbery KF8NH allbery at ece.cmu.edu
Sun Aug 15 14:07:59 EDT 2010

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On 8/15/10 13:27 , Tillmann Rendel wrote:
> Brandon S Allbery KF8NH wrote:
>> I am confused by this discussion.  I originally thought some time back that
>> IO was about "world passing", but in fact it's just handing off a baton to
>> insure that a particular sequence of IO functions is executed in the
>> specified sequence and not reordered.  Nothing in the "baton" is intended to
>> represent the actual "state of the world", nor is anything said about
>> concurrent actions either in another thread of the current program or
>> elsewhere outside the program; only ordering of calls in the *current*
>> thread of execution.
> That explains how the IO monad forces side-effecting functions into a
> specified sequence, but this discussion is about how to understand what
> these side-effecting functions do in a *pure* framework. So the idea is to

I think that *is* included in what I said, by negation:  it doesn't. Period.
 (As Conal observed.)  Trying to take the Haskell representation of IO as
the basis for a formal description of I/O actions is pretty much doomed from
the start; adding records or etc. will at best mask the symptoms.

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