mtl: Context of execWriterT
Daniel Fischer
daniel.is.fischer at googlemail.com
Thu Apr 14 15:02:18 CEST 2011
On Thursday 14 April 2011 14:25:39, Daniel Díaz wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have a question about the context of the execWriterT function, in
> Control.Monad.Writer of the mtl package. The current context forces the
> containter type to be a Monad, while is enough a Functor. Yes, WriterT
> is a monad transformer, so this is not a problem, but I have as a law
> to write the less restrictive context for every function.
>
> So, is there any reason to do this context more restrictive?
Alas, Functor is not a superclass of Monad, so a Monad constraint is not
more restrictive than a Functor constraint.
And e.g. in mtl-2.*, we have
instance Functor m =>
Functor (Control.Monad.Trans.State.Lazy.StateT s m)
which used to have a Monad constraint (same for WriterT), a change that
broke some code (previously, one could have
foo :: (Monad m) => ... StateT s m a ...
foo -- uses the Functor instance
, now you have to have
foo :: (Monad m, Functor m) => ... StateT s m a ...
if you use both, Functor and Monad, in foo).
>
> If not, the obvious way to do it may be:
>
> execWriterT :: Functor m => WriterT w m a -> m w
> execWriterT = fmap snd . runWriterT
>
> However, I thought that there must be a reason explaining this fact.
>
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