[Haskell-cafe] Lambda-case / lambda-if

Max Bolingbroke batterseapower at hotmail.com
Sat Oct 2 14:23:25 EDT 2010

Hi Cafe,

I implemented the proposed Haskell' feature lambda-case/lambda-if [1]
during the Haskell Implementors Workshop yesterday for a bit of fun.
The patches are online [2, 3].

The feature is demonstrated in this GHCi session:

$ inplace/bin/ghc-stage2 --interactive -XLambdaCase
GHCi, version 7.1.20101002: http://www.haskell.org/ghc/  :? for help
Loading package ghc-prim ... linking ... done.
Loading package integer-gmp ... linking ... done.
Loading package base ... linking ... done.
Loading package ffi-1.0 ... linking ... done.
Prelude> (if then "Haskell" else "Cafe") False
Prelude> (case of 1 -> "One"; _ -> "Not-one") 1
Prelude> :q

Do you like this feature and think it would be worth incorporating
this into GHC? Or is it too specialised to be of use? If there is
enough support, I'll create a ticket and see what GHC HQ make of it.


[1] http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/haskell-prime/ticket/41
[2] http://www.omega-prime.co.uk/files/LambdaCase-Testsuite.patch
[3] http://www.omega-prime.co.uk/files/LambdaCase-Compiler.patch

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