[Haskell-cafe] Why Maybe exists if there is Either?
Vlatko Basic
vlatko.basic at gmail.com
Thu Jan 9 14:50:16 UTC 2014
Hello Cafe,
With my current knowledge of Haskell, I do not see why is there Maybe if we have
Either.
For example, Functor and Monad instances (and many others) of Maybe and Either
are the same (except for fail).
In other words, this should hold:
Maybe a = Either String a -- String or something else
Nothing = Left ""
Just a = Right a
I'm curious to find out what was the reasoning to make Maybe?
What is the added value with introducing it?
In which situations the above substitution does not hold?
Best regards,
vlatko
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