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1 Call for contribution

This fun project, called "The Other Prelude", and is a creative reconstruction of the standard Prelude. By disregarding history and compatibility, we get a clean sheet.

2 Naming conventions

The principal is to make the names very readable for both beginners and category theorists (if any).

3 Guidelines

  • The prelude should not contain any "projection" functions (like
    . They go to the Extension module.

4 Issues

  • Should alphanumeric names be preferred over symbols when defining a class?

5 The hierarchy

  • TheOtherPrelude
    - Minimalistic module.
  • TheOtherPrelude.Extension
    - Convenient definitions.

6 The code

Currently, the code is in Wiki form. If people do agree that the collaborative decisions begot something pretty, we'll have a group of files in some time.

The imaginery Prelude as it stands,

import Prelude ()    -- hide everything
-- the idea is to remove 'fmap' 
-- and map :: (a -> b) -> [a] -> [b] to be a special case
class Functor f where
  map :: (a -> b) -> f a -> f b
-- should the Functor hierarchy proposal be adopted?
-- NO --
class Monad m where
  (>>=) :: m a -> (a -> m b) -> m b
  (>>) :: m a -> m b -> m b
  return :: a -> m a
  fail :: String -> m a
-- YES --
-- the following has been shamelessly copied 
-- from the functor hierarchy proposal wiki page
class Functor f => Applicative f where
  return :: a -> f a
  (<*>) :: f (a -> b) -> f a -> f b   -- or should this be named 'ap'? 
                                      -- or something even better?
                                      -- could this nice looking function
                                      -- refactor the liftM* idioms?
-- my undestanding is that this is the default for monad
(>>) :: Applicative f => f a -> f b -> f b
  fa >> fb = (map (const id) fa) <*> fb
-- this leaves little left for the actual Monad class
class (Applicative f) => Monad f where
  (>>=) :: f a -> (a -> f b) -> f b
  fail :: String -> f a
-- end of Functor hierarchy dilemma

How to use it, as it stands,

import Prelude ()                                    -- hide everything
import TheOtherPrelude                               -- get everything
import qualified TheOtherPrelude.Monad.Kleisli as M  -- standard convention

7 See also