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Why isn't there a typeclass for functions?

In a learning problem I've been messing around with, I realised I needed a typeclass for functions with operations for applying, composing etc. Reasons... It can be convenient to treat a ...
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How to manage the state in a GUI app with Haskell

I am using wxHaskell to create a simple GUI that has typical components like Buttons, Panels, etc. When some of these components perform an action (like callback), the generic status of the ...
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Is it possible to “bake dimension into a type” in haskell?

Suppose I want to write a library that deals with vectors and matrices. Is it possible to bake the dimensions into the types, so that operations of incompatible dimensions generate an error at compile ...
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Is it common practice to transform requirement specifications into predicate logic for functional programming?

I've recently been assigned to work on a small project which is being implemented in Haskell. Coming from an OO/imperative background, I'm used to converting requirements/user-stories into use-cases ...
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What is Banana split and fusion in functional programming?

These terms got mentioned in my university course. Quick googling pointed me to some university papers, but I am looking for a simple explanation.
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Maintaining State without assignment

I am learning functional programming and I have trouble understanding how some particular scenarios are implemented without the use of assignment. The following simple problem pretty much sums up my ...
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What can Haskell's type system do that Java's can't and vice versa? [closed]

I was talking to a friend about the differences between the type systems of Haskell and Java. He asked me what Haskell's could do that Java's couldn't, and I realized that I didn't know. After ...
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Why doesn't Haskell have a 'format' function for string interpolation?

I'm trying to use Shake and I stumbled upon the following problem: there's no easy and convenient way to interpolate a string. I know about Text.Printf — it's not what I'm looking for. The ...
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Ur/Web new purely functional language for web programming? [closed]

I came across the Ur/Web project during my search for web frameworks for Haskell-like languages. It looks like a very interesting project done by one person. Basically, it is a domain-specific purely ...
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Functional Programming - Functions defining specific evaluation of functions passed to it for optimization

Firstmost, I am just getting started with functional programming so I would appreciate corrections in any terminology I may have used incorrectly. Story time, While doing a Project Euler Problem 1 in ...
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What is the “Free Monad + Interpreter” pattern?

I've seen people talking about Free Monad with Interpreter, particularly in the context of data-access. What is this pattern? When might I want to use it? How does it work, and how would I implement ...
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Can *any* program task be expressed without state?

This is a theoretical question, but after many years of programming in what I now realize is "normal" imperative technique, using C++ mainly, I've discovered this other world of functional ...
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Is Haskell's type system an obstacle to understanding functional programming? [closed]

I'm studying Haskell for the purpose of understanding functional programming, with the expectation that I'll apply the insight that I gain in other languages (Groovy, Python, JavaScript mainly.) I ...
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Scheme vs Haskell for an Introduction to Functional Programming?

I am comfortable with programming in C and C#, and will explore C++ in the future. I may be interested in exploring functional programming as a different programming paradigm. I am doing this for fun, ...
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Why is Haskell unable to avoid repeated evaluation without the monomorphism restriction?

I just finished learnyouahaskell the other day, and I was trying to make sense of the Monomorphism Restriction, as described by the Haskell Wiki. I think I understand how the MR can prevent repeated ...
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Composability Example of Software Transactional Memory

One of the major advantages of software transactional memory that always gets mentioned is composability and modularity. Different fragments can be combined to produce larger components. In ...
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Haskell types for functions

I don't understand the answer to this question: Q: Can Haskell find a type for the function selfapply defined by: selfapply f = f f A: The function selfapply is not typeable in the simple system of ...
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What exactly makes the Haskell type system so revered (vs say, Java)?

I'm starting to learn Haskell. I'm very new it and am just reading through a couple of the online books to get my head around its basic constructs. One of the 'memes' that people familiar with it ...
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Why are the types in Java considered less 'strong' than haskell?

I asked this question a while ago - the answers were really helpful, and as I read them and the questions that were linked - I also saw this, and the first answer I think really addresses what I ...
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Haskell AND Lisp vs. Haskell OR Lisp [closed]

I currently code with C, C++, and Python. I'm wanting to pick up a functional programming language, and right now I'm leaning toward Haskell. I do NOT want to start a "Haskell vs Lisp" war here; what ...
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Why (or why not) are existential types considered bad practice in functional programming?

What are some techniques I might use to consistently refactor code removing the reliance on existential types? Typically these are used to disqualify undesired constructions of your type as well as to ...
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Missing `$` like operators in Haskell

Below I've produced what I believe to be a summary of the standard $ like operators for various classes in Haskell. There's some gaps however. Following the applicative pattern, you would think those ...
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Why C# is not statically typed but F# and Haskell are?

There was a talk given by Brian Hurt about advantages and disadvantages of static typing. Brian said that by static typing he don't mean C#, but F# and Haskell. Is it because of dynamic keyword added ...
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What is the logic behind the use of different arrows (-> <-) in Haskell?

I've been thinking about language design lately, and reading over some of the new things in Haskell (always a nice source of inspiration). I'm struck by the many odd uses of the left <- and right ...
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Haskell build and artifact environment similar to Maven

I used to be a Java developer for a long time, but recently, I joined a Haskell team. In the java world, if you have a large project, with several teams working on it, a common approach is to use an ...
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Functional Programming style: How to write functions - explicit currying, implicit currying or lamdas?

So I have been using F# for a while and studying a bit of Haskell on the side and I have realized I could rewrite the exact same function one of three different ways. Either with implicit currying, ...
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Why isn't `length` generic by default?

Haskell often provides two versions of a given function f, i.e: f :: Int ... genericF :: Integral i => i ... There exist many standard library functions with those two versions: length, take, ...
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Is unifiing ADTs with typeclasses possible?

When i was thinking about language design i got an idea that ADTs (Aglebraic Data Types) and typeclasses could be the same thing. They can both represent a group of types, but in haskell they are not ...
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haskell - are tuples defined recursively?

Are n-tuples defined recursively in terms of 2-tuples, for example, are (a,b,c) and (a,(b,c)) the same? If not, what's the rationale behind it?
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Does this Haskell pattern have a name?

I recently found use for the following Haskell functions: feed :: (a -> (a, b)) -> a -> Int -> (a, [b]) feed f input 0 = (input, []) feed f input n | n < 0 = error "feed f input n: n ...
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Using Haskell type classes to enforce commutativity

I want to define a type class for geometric objects that can be intersected together: class Intersect a b c | a b -> c where intersect :: a -> b -> c -- Language extensions: ...
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How to make an interpreter for a stack of Free Monad Transformers

I like the idea of using Free monads to "purify" code and I've used it in some simple scenarios. However, I can't seem to figure out how to write an interpreter for a Free monad transformer. In ...
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Does Clojure borrow concurrency ideas from Haskell?

In code quarterly interview with Rich Hickey, Michael Fogus hints that Clojure borrows a lot from Haskell: Fogus: As someone who only knows Haskell enough to read the papers, Clojure appears to ...
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Is the use of DSLs in a state monad a good approach to building complex stateful computations?

First, sorry if that title makes no sense. I am a little out of my depth here with the terminology. So, imagine that I'm writing a text editor in Haskell. For the purposes of this question, let's ...
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How often is seq used in Haskell production code?

I have some experience writing small tools in Haskell and I find it very intuitive to use, especially for writing filters (using interact) that process their standard input and pipe it to standard ...
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Is there a way to write this fold neater in Haskell?

I have the following small function that uses foldr to find the largest second number of a 2-tuple: listMax :: [(Int,Int)] -> Int listMax = snd . foldr (\(_,freq1) (_,freq2) -> (0,max freq1 ...
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Haskell's ':' operator

I am currently studying about pattern matching in Haskell from here. The author gives an example of the implementation of "head" function (which returns the first element of a list) as following: ...
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does haskell have dependent types?

I know Haskell already has the ability to parametrise a type over another type (similar to template programming in C++), but I'm wondering whether Haskell can also parametrise a type over values – ...
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How is CoffeeScript influenced by Haskell?

I've been using CoffeeScript for a while now. On Wikipedia, it is said that CoffeeScript is influenced by Haskell. But after I check out the syntax of Haskell, I have found little resemblance from ...
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Why is the concept of lazy evaluation useful?

It seems lazy evaluation of expressions can cause a programmer to lose control over the order in which their code is executed. I am having trouble understanding why this would be acceptable or desired ...
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Programming CPU Emulator Functional Style [closed]

I want to write an 8086 CPU emulator in javascript, functional style. How would one conceptualise / design an 8086 emulator, or any CPU emulator that has registers and realmode memory access in a ...
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Using foldr to append two lists together (Haskell)

I have been given the following question as part of a college assignment. Due to the module being very short, we are using only a subset of Haskell, without any of the syntactic sugar or idiomatic ...
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How should I setup this type to be intuitive?

I have the following types: data Bomb = TimedBomb { bPos :: Point, bPower :: Float, detTime :: Float } data Enviro = Enviro { bombs :: [Bomb], stuff :: [Picture]} When the TimedBomb timer ...
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I'm being warned that the Monoid I'm creating is an Orphan Instance. Is there a better way to write this functionality in?

type PromptSegment = IO (Maybe String) instance Monoid a => Monoid (IO a) where mempty = return mempty mappend = liftA2 (<>) This behaves exactly how I want for my purposes. For ...
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Proper use of typeclasses

I'm trying Haskell's Gloss module, and I found a a pattern of things required to properly display an object: Its position, dimensions, scale and Picture representation. This seemed like a good use ...
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How can IO cause side effects in Functional Programming? [duplicate]

Whenever I read about Haskell, I find that IO can cause side effects. But I do not understand how it would do it? Do we mean that we are writing to a file from one lazy sequence and another lazy ...
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Is it possible to have Ad-Hoc polymorphism with runtime dispatch?

As I did understand, and as it's described here, ad-hoc polymorphism is limited to compile-time dispatch. That is, if we have a function that expects an argument that belongs to a typeclass, we must ...
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Database-like structure in memory

I need a database-like structure that will wrap this: data MsgPackDB = MsgPackDB { dim :: !(V.Vector Int) , rows :: !([DBRow]) } data DBRow = ...
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Alternative to language purity

Purity One of the interesting concepts in Haskell is the purity. However, I am wondering what the pragmatic reasons behind this is - let me explain a bit more before you reject my question. My main ...
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What should I understand before I try to understand functional programming? [closed]

I am pretty well-versed in imperative paradigms. I learned Java and C++ before I dropped out of university, after which I taught myself Python. My problem is that even beginner tutorials get way far ...