[Haskell-cafe] existentially quantified data types - restrictions
Ozgur Akgun
ozgurakgun at gmail.com
Thu Mar 25 11:48:16 EDT 2010
[for future reference]
After looking into the *cast* function a little bit more, I think we can
simply get rid of the case expression:
data Baz = forall a. (Eq a, Typeable a) => Baz a
instance Eq Baz where
Baz x == Baz y = cast x == Just y
On 25 March 2010 15:13, andy morris <andy at adradh.org.uk> wrote:
> Can you have Typeable as an extra constraint? If so:
>
> > {-# LANGUAGE ExistentialQuantification #-}
> >
> > import Data.Typeable
> >
> > data Baz = forall a. (Eq a, Typeable a) => Baz a
> >
> > instance Eq Baz where
> > Baz x == Baz y =
> > case cast y of
> > Just y' -> x == y'
> > Nothing -> False
>
> ghci> Baz 4 == Baz 4
> True
> ghci> Baz 4 == Baz 5
> False
> ghci> Baz 4 == Baz 'a'
> False
>
> On 25 March 2010 15:07, Ozgur Akgun <ozgurakgun at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Dear Cafe,
> >
> > I need to use a language feature which is explicitly documented to be a
> > restriction, and -even worse- I think I reasonably need to use it.
> >
> >
> >> f2 (Baz1 a b) (Baz1 p q) = a==q
> >> It's ok to say a==b or p==q, but a==q is wrong because it equates the
> two
> >> distinct types arising from the two Baz1 constructors.
> >> [from 7.4.4.4. Restrictions at
> >>
> http://www.haskell.org/ghc/docs/latest/html/users_guide/data-type-extensions.html
> ]
> >
> >
> > To simplify, let's say Baz is the only constructor of a data type,
> >
> > data Baz = forall a. Eq a => Baz a
> >
> > -- | this cannot be done:
> > instance Eq (Baz a) where
> > (Baz x) == (Baz y) = x == y
> >
> >
> > I am quite tempted to use show functions for this equality comparison,
> but
> > after trying to have a nicely type framework I really don't want to do
> that.
> > What I simply want is, haskell to be able to compare them if they belong
> to
> > the same type, and return False otherwise. (not that haskelly way of
> doing
> > things, I know.)
> >
> > Any suggestions better than the following are very welcome:
> > (==) = (==) `on` show
> >
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > --
> > Ozgur Akgun
> >
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>
--
Ozgur Akgun
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