[Haskell-cafe] Bikeshedding request for GHCi's :type
jhenahan at me.com
Mon May 2 20:43:02 UTC 2016
What about :type for the normal behavior and :type! for specializations? With the notion that it could be extended to provide multiple specializations, I could also see :types (both meaning "display multiple example types" and serving as a mnemonic for :types[pecialization]) being viable.
> On May 2, 2016, at 4:39 PM, Richard Eisenberg <eir at cis.upenn.edu> wrote:
> On May 2, 2016, at 4:36 PM, Eric Seidel <eric at seidel.io> wrote:
>> Also, I'd suggest making (1) and (2) optional flags for :type rather
>> than new top-level commands. The shared prefix already suggests a common
>> purpose, printing out the type of something, so why not make it even
>> clearer that (1) and (2) are just specializations (heh) of :type?
> Others have echoed this and I'm open to the idea. But I, personally, dislike this. All three commands are useful, and I expect I'll want to frequently interleave which one I want during a GHCi session. Controlling via a flag makes this awkward.
> But that's just my 2¢.
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