[Haskell-cafe] wildcards for type variables?

Antoine Latter aslatter at gmail.com
Wed Jan 13 08:16:28 EST 2010

On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 4:59 AM, Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH
<allbery at ece.cmu.edu> wrote:
> On Jan 13, 2010, at 05:54 , David Virebayre wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 12:29 AM, Evan Laforge <qdunkan at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Occasionally I have a function with an unused argument, whose type I
>>> don't want to restrict.  Thus:
>>> f :: _unused -> A -> B
>>> f _ a = b
>> I probably misunderstood the problem, why not f:: a -> A -> B
> He's looking for the self-documentation aspect of "this argument is
> completely irrelevant".  Neither rolling a random unused type variable nor
> "forall"ing it (my first idea) really accomplishes that.

Isn't that what we have here? a function of type (a -> A -> B) cannot
use the first argument in any meaningful way.

But once you start throwing in higher ranked types you might have to
think a bit to come to that conclusion.


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