[Haskell-cafe] rewrite rules to specialize function according to type class?

Gábor Lehel illissius at gmail.com
Tue Feb 15 01:11:03 CET 2011

On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 12:48 AM, Max Bolingbroke
<batterseapower at hotmail.com> wrote:
> On 14 February 2011 21:43, Patrick Bahr <pa-ba at arcor.de> wrote:
>> Am I doing something wrong or is it not possible for GHC to dispatch a rule
>> according to type class constraints?
> As you have discovered this is not possible. You can write the rule
> for as many *particular* types as you like, but you can't write it in
> a way that abstracts over the exact type class instance you mean. This
> is a well known and somewhat tiresome issue.
> I think the reason that this is not implemented is because it would
> require the rule matcher to call back into the type checking machinery
> to do instance lookup.

This is a semi-related question I've been meaning to ask at some
point: I suppose this also means it's not possible to write a class,
write some rules for the class, and then have the rules be applied to
every instance? (I.e. you'd have to write them separately for each?)

> Cheers,
> Max
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