[Haskell] GADT: call for proper terminology

Lennart Augustsson lennart at augustsson.net
Wed Oct 11 17:42:22 EDT 2006

Well, Kent Petersson and I proposed them as an addition to Haskell in  
1994, so they are not that new. :)

	-- Lennart


On Oct 11, 2006, at 09:47 , Paul Hudak wrote:

> Lennart Augustsson wrote:
>> Well, I think the GADT type definition syntax is the syntax data  
>> type definitions should have had from the start.  Too bad we  
>> didn't  realize it 15 years ago.
>>  -- Lennart
> I agree!  In my experience teaching Haskell, the current syntax is  
> a bit confusing for newbies, and for years I've been telling  
> students, "It really means this: ..." and then I write out a syntax  
> more like GADT's.
> I also think that if we had adopted this syntax from the beginning,  
> GADT's would have been "discovered" far sooner than now.
>    -Paul

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