Type signatures as good style
Since Haskell type checkers can automatically derive types of expressions why shall I put explicit type signatures in my programs?
Using explicit type signatures is good style and GHC with option
-Wall warns about missing signatures.
Signatures are a good documentation and not all Haskell program readers have a type inference algorithm built-in.
There are also some cases where the infered signature is too general for your purposes.
E.g. the infered (most general) type for
a -> b -> a,
but the purpose of
asTypeOf is to unify the types of both operands.
The more special signature
a -> a -> a is what you want and it cannot be infered automatically.
emptyString :: ShowS emptyString = id
String -> String rather than
a -> a.
Even more, for some type extensions the automatic inference fails,
e.g. the higher-order types used by
runST :: (forall s . ST s a) -> a
cannot be inferred in general, because the problem is undecidable. In GHC, they are enabled with the language pragma
How to add a bunch of signatures?
Ok, this convinced me. How can I add all the signatures I did not write so far?