The Do-Let-Braces problem

Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk
15 Feb 2001 07:59:08 GMT

Thu, 15 Feb 2001 15:20:19 +1300, Mark Utting <> pisze:

> fb::IO ()
> fb = 
>     do {
>         putStr "Enter Data: ";
>         line <- getLine;
>         let line2 = line;
>         putStr line2;
>        }

I have a different proposal. Let's drop the 'let' keyword in value
bindings in a 'do' block!

The largest continouos block of bindings is translated to a single 'let'.
(They can define a function by cases and can be mutually recursive.)

  fb1 ::IO ()
  fb1 = 
      do {
          putStr "Enter Data: ";
          line <- getLine;
          line2 = line;
          putStr line2;

  fb2 ::IO ()
  fb2 = do
          putStr "Enter Data: "
          line <- getLine
          line2 = line
          putStr line2

A disadvantage of let is that when the definition must be continued
on the next line, the word after 'let' set the indentation and the
continuation must be indented more than expected:

      let x = a very long expression - note that the next line
                  must be indented *too much*!

I would like to have indents of the width four and a single indent here.

My proposal solves both of these problems.

A disadvantage: it breaks code which uses separate 'let' clauses
which shadow their variables.

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