names, modules, types
Thu, 8 Feb 2001 22:59:44 +1100
On 07-Feb-2001, Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk <email@example.com> wrote:
> So why is fmap separate now? Probably because having too much
> overloading causes ambiguities.
Perhaps. But I think there may be other reasons too.
Having fmap separate is useful for beginners and for teaching,
because you can describe `map' without having to talk about type classes.
Also, it is possible that the error messages that you get when you
make a mistake using `fmap' might be harder to understand.
The reasoning here is similar to the reasons that Haskell 98 has list
comprehensions rather than monad comprehensions.
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