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</tr></table>Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:53:10 GMTDerek Elkinshttps://wiki.haskell.org/Talk:Function_decoration_patternDerek Elkins: New page: Category:Idioms ==Motivation== You want to add extra properties to a function type, but you don't want the users to have to tediously project out the decorated type when they don't c...
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==Motivation==<br />
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You want to add extra properties to a function type, but you don't want the users to have to tediously project out the decorated type when they don't care about the decorations.<br />
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This can be generalized to arbitrary values instead of just functions.<br />
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==Approach==<br />
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Use type classes to drive the projection by the how the value is used.<br />
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<haskell><br />
{-# LANGUAGE MultiParamTypeClasses, Rank2Types, FlexibleContexts, FlexibleInstances #-}<br />
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-- This implementation is somewhat general, but it is not intended<br />
-- that all examples can be cast in exactly this way.<br />
data Decorate d a b = Decorated (a -> b) (d a b)<br />
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class Decorated d a b dec where<br />
decorated :: (a -> b) -> d a b -> dec a b <br />
-- The above is a Scott-encoding of the below which is equivalent.<br />
-- The Scott-encoded version is often more convenient and efficient.`<br />
-- decorated :: Decorate d a b -> dec a b<br />
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instance Decorated d a b (Decorate d) where<br />
decorated = Decorated<br />
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instance Decorated d a b (->) where<br />
decorated f _ = f<br />
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type IsDecorated d a b = forall dec. Decorated d a b dec => dec a b <br />
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-- Not a very realistic example.<br />
type UnitTested = Decorate (,)<br />
type IsUnitTested a b = IsDecorated (,) a b<br />
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makeTested :: (a -> b) -> a -> b -> IsUnitTested a b<br />
makeTested f a b = decorated f (a, b)<br />
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test :: Eq b => UnitTested a b -> Bool<br />
test (Decorated f (a, b)) = f a == b<br />
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testedSquare :: Num a => IsUnitTested a a<br />
testedSquare = makeTested (\x -> x * x) 3 9<br />
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main = do<br />
print (map testedSquare [1,2,3])<br />
putStrLn (if test testedSquare then "Passed" else "Failed")<br />
</haskell><br />
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==Examples==<br />
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The archetypical example is the type of isomorphisms e.g. as used in the [http://hackage.haskell.org/packages/archive/lens/3.7.3/doc/html/Control-Lens-Iso.html lens] library.<br />
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An isomorphism is a function equipped with an inverse. Traditionally, this would be represented by a data type such as<br />
<haskell><br />
data Iso a b = Iso { _to :: a -> b, _from :: b -> a }<br />
</haskell><br />
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This would require explicitly projecting out the forward function using <hask>_to</hask>, which makes the code noisy and tedious to write. This can be eliminated by writing: <br />
<haskell><br />
class Isomorphic a b iso where<br />
iso :: (a -> b) -> (b -> a) -> iso a b<br />
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instance Isomorphic a b Iso where<br />
iso = Iso<br />
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instance Isomorphic a b (->) where<br />
iso to _ = to<br />
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type IsIsomorphic a b = forall iso. Isomorphic a b iso => iso a b<br />
</haskell><br />
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Now if we produce values of type <hask>IsIsomorphic a b</hask> rather than <hask>Iso a b</hask> we can just treat them like functions. Note that this should be pursued aggresively. For example, traditionally we'd have two functions <hask>from :: Iso a b -> b -> a</hask> and <hask>op :: Iso a b -> Iso b a</hask> but by using <hask>from :: Iso a b -> IsIsomorphic b a</hask> we get both at once. This can be enforced by making <hask>Iso</hask> abstract.<br />
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==Notes==<br />
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This is closely related to the Yoneda lemma and representability. Essentially we are identifying the value <hask>x</hask> with <hask>($ x)</hask>. The instances of the type classes just choose how we want to observe the <hask>x</hask> via <hask>($ x) observation</hask>. <hask>makeTested</hask> makes this pretty explicit especially if the direct (rather than Scott-encoded) representation is used.</div>Sun, 20 Jan 2013 20:40:29 GMTDerek Elkinshttps://wiki.haskell.org/Talk:Function_decoration_pattern