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Num instance for functions

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Revision as of 00:14, 28 April 2009

Some people have argued, that
instances of
would be nice in order

to add functions nicely, say for

f, g :: Num a => b -> a

you would define

(f+g) x = f x + g x
With an according definition of
fromInteger = const

numeric literals would also denote constant functions. This allows

f+2  ==  \x -> f x + 2

Even nicer, the mathematically established notation of omitting the multiplication dot

2(x+y) :: Integer

will now be parsed by a Haskell compiler to the most obvious meaning

2 :: Integer

! :-)

1 Note

This article is in category Proposals in order to show people that this idea was already proposed, but that one should think twice implementing it. There should be a category Counterproposals.

2 See also