# Recursion in a monad

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People sometimes wonder how to effectively do recursion when inside a

monadicdo

The problem is to read 'n' lines from stdin, recursively:

The obvious, recursive way:

main = f 3 f 0 = return [] f n = do v <- getLine vs <- f (n-1) return $! v : vs

Runs:

$ runhaskell A.hs 1 2 3 ["1","2","3"]

Or make it tail recursive:

f 0 acc = return (reverse acc) f n acc = do v <- getLine f (n-1) (v : acc)

Or abstract the recursion pattern into a fold:

f n = do s <- foldM fn [] [1..n] return (reverse s) where fn acc _ = do x <- getLine return (x:acc)

And finally, apply some functor and pointfree shortcuts:

f n = reverse `fmap` foldM fn [] [1..n] where fn acc _ = (: acc) `fmap` getLine