[Haskell-cafe] Haskell and the Software design process

aditya siram aditya.siram at gmail.com
Mon May 3 00:17:18 EDT 2010

I'm a little confused about this too. I've seen many functions defined like:
f x = (\s -> ...)
which is a partial function because it returns a function and is the same as:
f x s = ...

Off the top of my head the State monad makes extensive use if this
style. Is this bad?

- deech

On 5/2/10, Bradford Larsen <brad.larsen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, May 2, 2010 at 9:18 PM, Edgar Z. Alvarenga <edgar at ymonad.com> wrote:
>> On Sun, 02/May/2010 at 13:10 -0700, Don Stewart wrote:
>>>     * Avoid partial functions
>> Why?
>> Edgar
> Ever place you use a partial function, you need to verify that its
> usage is in fact safe.  Otherwise, you risk pattern match failures,
> undefined, nontermination, and other types of nasties.
> If you can structure your code so none of your functions are partial,
> verification that their usage is safe is a whole lot easier.  :-)
> Brad
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