[Haskell-cafe] Imports at bottom, why not?

Thiago Negri evohunz at gmail.com
Tue Apr 22 17:59:44 UTC 2014

When reading code, I find it quite distracting to have to get past the
import list to reach the actual module code, as the import list can be (and
often is) quite big.

So, why not issue import statements at the bottom of a module file?

Likewise, we can use "where" statements to define names used in a function
after using them, so they don't distract the reader.

I'm against imports at the middle of the file.
But I guess being able to issue them at the end of the module could make
sense if you want to get the reader straight to the code.

A language pragma could be used to select between top imports or bottom
imports (can't use both).

What do you think?


{-# LANGUAGE LateImports #-}
module Foo where

bar :: String
bar = "quux"

baz :: Fiz
baz = mkFiz

import Fiz (Fiz, mkFiz)
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