[reactive] To fmap fmap or not?
Eyal Lotem
eyal.lotem at gmail.com
Tue Nov 18 19:00:06 EST 2008
I see fmap as a "penetration" of one box.
fmap.fmap as a "penetration" of two boxes, and so on.
So, if you have (UI -> Behavior (Blah, a)), then the value "a" is "buried"
inside a (UI->) box, then inside a Behavior box, and then inside a (Blah,)
box.
To change the value of "a" you can thus use: (fmap.fmap.fmap) aToB
To access (Blah, a), instead, just use (fmap.fmap) and penetrate just 2
boxes instead of 3.
Additionally, this "trick" also works nicely with liftA2. If you have two
values that are buried inside the same 2 boxes (For example, two values of
type: UI -> Behavior a -- the boxes here are a (UI->) reader, and a
Behavior), then you can apply f to the "a" inside both via:
(liftA2.liftA2) f doublyBoxedA doublyBoxedB
And as usual, (liftA2.liftA2.liftA2) when the values are wrapped in 3 boxes,
and so on.
Eyal
2008/11/19 Peter Verswyvelen <bugfact at gmail.com>
> Many of the fmap fmaps I've seen come from
> (fmap f) . g = (fmap f) `fmap` g = fmap (fmap f) g = (fmap (fmap f)) g =
> ((fmap.fmap) f) g = (fmap.fmap) f g
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> But... to me the former is much clearer than the latter... It is less
> abstract since it uses (.) instead of fmap.
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> However, I also see (fmap.fmap.fmap), so Conal must have seen a pattern
> here?
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> Of course one could also write (fmap `fmap` fmap `fmap` fmap) instead of
> (fmap.fmap.fmap).
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> Or as was already mentioned with the generic replacement (.) = fmap,
> (fmap.fmap.fmap) can be written as ( (.) . (.) . (.) )
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> But besides this all being very Haskelly Hackery - and maybe ASCII art that
> needs to be censured - I don't see the light yet :)
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> Could somebody enlighten me?
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