kmandpjlynch at verizon.net
Wed Mar 2 16:04:38 CET 2011
Thank you...I understand now...
I think my problem that I'm facing is that I don't see how the instance
Functor Maybe is derived from the class Functor...
the author Miran Lipovaca gives the following:
class Functor f where
fmap::(a->b)->f a->f b
if Maybe replaces f:
fmap::(a->b)->Maybe a->Maybe b
I don't see how the instance Functor Maybe is derived [presumably: 'f' is
function (a->b) and not functor 'f' as shown in the class description):
instance Functor Maybe where
fmap f (Just x) = Just (f x)
fmap f Nothing = Nothing
the author's examples [presumably: 'f'' = (++ " HEY GUYS IM INSIDE THE JUST
") and 'x' = " Something serious ." and it associates from the right...]:
ghci > fmap (++ " HEY GUYS IM INSIDE THE JUST ") ( Just " Something
Just " Something serious . HEY GUYS IM INSIDE THE JUST "
ghci > fmap (++ " HEY GUYS IM INSIDE THE JUST ") Nothing
I can continue on my Monad journey, just using the instance defintion for
Functor Maybe - but it bothers me that I can't see its derivation...
I'd appreciate any advice.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Daniel Fischer" <daniel.is.fischer at googlemail.com>
To: <beginners at haskell.org>
Cc: "Patrick Lynch" <kmandpjlynch at verizon.net>
Sent: Wednesday, March 02, 2011 9:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Haskell-beginners] Monads
> On Wednesday 02 March 2011 15:03:00, Patrick Lynch wrote:
>> In Learn You a Haskell for Great Good!, the author Miran Lipovaca
>> indicates that to understand Monads you need to know Functors... So, I
>> noticed the following:
>> class Functor f where
>> fmap::(a->b)->f a->f b
>> instance Functor  where
>> fmap = map
>> if  is substituted for f in the class definition of Functor the
>> following is obtained class Functor  where
>> my questions are:
>> 1. is this substitution ok?
>> 2. is a = [a]?
>> 3. is b = [b]?
>> if 2. and 3. are valid then the following is obtained:
>> which is the same as map type and therefore: fmap = map. QED.
>> Can you please answer questions 2 and 3 above?
>> Thank you
> Yes, that's correct. The list constructor is special ( isn't valid
> Haskell for a type constructor, so it's wired in), it can be used prefix
> ( a) or `roundfix' ([a]). Ordinarily, you can use type constructors
> prefix or infix (if they take two type arguments), e.g. a -> b = (->) a b;
> Either a b = a `Either` b.
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