[Haskell] Re: Parameterized Show

Lennart Augustsson lennart at augustsson.net
Tue Nov 16 06:51:49 EST 2004

George Russell wrote:
>> Since it hasn't been mentioned yet I should also point people once 
>> again to "Functional Pearl: Implicit Configurations" by Oleg and 
>> Chung-chieh
>> Shan, which ingeniously uses polymorphic recursion to construct type 
>> class instances at run time. If there's a safe and sane way to add 
>> local dictionaries to the language, it's probably along those lines.
> It is very ingenious to encode complex configuration information by 
> chains of types, but
> it is something I recoil from in horror.

Yes, but I think the point is that local instances make sense since
you can encode them like this.  And if they make sense it might
be a good idea to add them to make life less encoded. :)

	-- Lennart

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