[Haskell-cafe] Why Maybe exists if there is Either?

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at gmail.com
Thu Jan 9 15:10:07 UTC 2014

On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 9:50 AM, Vlatko Basic <vlatko.basic at gmail.com> wrote:

> With my current knowledge of Haskell, I do not see why is there Maybe if
> we have Either.

Because, while Either () a is isomorphic to Maybe a, it can be rather less
convenient to have to track that Left (). We can easily define a type that
doesn't need the extra work; why not use it? Especially when that
particular case turns out to be very common.

The fact that you *can* build up a standard library from first principles
every time you write a program does not mean that you *should*.

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