Talk:Generalised algebraic datatype
Latest revision as of 17:37, 26 July 2006
 Pattern Match Warnings
Sort of a practical question here...
data Empty data NonEmpty data List x y where Nil :: List a Empty Cons:: a -> List a b -> List a NonEmpty safeHead:: List x NonEmpty -> x safeHead (Cons a b) = a
If I try to compile the above code with all warnings on, I get a pattern match non-exhaustive warning on safeHead because I'm not matching on Nil. This is pretty annoying. Is this the kind of thing that can easily be fixed? Can the compiler somehow magically recognise that if I've got a
List x NonEmpty, then the only patterns to match on are
Cons (because those are the only ones that return List x NonEmpty)? Or is there some theoretical barrier to this? -- EricKow 17:37, 26 July 2006 (UTC)