[Haskell-cafe] Re: Data.Ring -- Pre-announce

Henning Thielemann schlepptop at henning-thielemann.de
Sat Jan 16 13:40:01 EST 2010

wren ng thornton schrieb:
> Tom Tobin wrote:
>> ----- Heinrich Apfelmus <apfelmus at quantentunnel.de> wrote:
>>> Since the name  Ring  is already taken by an ubiquitous mathematical
>>> structure, and thus already in hackage for example as  Algebra.Ring  in
>>> the  numeric-prelude , I suggest to call the data structure  Necklace
>>> instead.
>> Is Necklace a known name for this data structure?  If not Ring, I was
>> thinking Circular might be an appropriate name.
> I'm not sure if there's a canonical name, except perhaps "circular 
> queue". Necklace is cute, though Circular or CircleQueue might be 
> better. I'd also advise strongly against using Ring in order to avoid 
> confusing nomenclature. (Loop should be avoided for similar reasons.)
When reading "Ring" first time in the e-mail subject, I also thought it 
would be about the algebraic structure with that name.

CircularList seems fine to me. Necklace is nice but might be missed when 
someone searches for that data structure on Hackage.

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