[Haskell wikibook] Article ANN: Theseus and the zipper

apfelmus at quantentunnel.de apfelmus at quantentunnel.de
Thu Feb 22 15:00:28 EST 2007

apfelmus at quantentunnel.de wrote:
> Perhaps it's best if I improve the explanation and we return to the
> discussion afterwards?

Ok, I've managed to expand the explanations and to add several images.

>>> And don't worry, there is enough material for the "Algebra of Data
>>> Types" to explode :) (sums and products, (polynomial) functors,
>>> F-algebras, coalgebras, universal properties, fixed points (inductive
>>> and coinductive), etc.)
>> Tasty :) Something I know little about, but sounds great. Any papers
>> for background reading?
> Personally, I read
>     http://www.cs.chalmers.se/~patrikj/poly/afp98/
> but it's huge and I actually skipped most of it. The most interesting
> point was the meaning of "F-Algebra". Otherwise you may skim through
>     http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/Research_papers/Generics
> but there is indeed a need for a good tutorial.

I think that "Fold and Unfold for Program Semantics" by Graham Hutton
may be helpful, too. While it does not really explain that functors can
be see as signatures for algebras (monoids, natural numbers, etc.), it
puts their folds and unfolds to good use.


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