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[edit] 1 All instance declarations should be slim.

This means

  • Instance declarations (and default definitions) should never contain non-trivial function definitions.
  • Instance declarations (and default definitions) should only provide "plumbing" to make existing functions accessible via the type class resolution mechanism.
  • The "plumbed" functions should always be exported (since instances are always exported).

Since the naming will not always be straight-forward, the last point is particularly important and would enable more re-use and less re-invention of mostly trivial wheels.

[edit] 2 See also