O'Haskell OOP Polymorphic Functions

Fergus Henderson [email protected]
Tue, 30 Jan 2001 21:37:18 +1100


On 30-Jan-2001, Ashley Yakeley <[email protected]> wrote:
> At 2001-01-17 17:03, Lennart Augustsson wrote:
> 
> >You seem to want dynamic type tests.
...
> >You might want to look at existential types; it is a similar feature.
> 
> I seem to run into a similar problem:
> 
> --
> class BaseClass s
> data Base = forall a. BaseClass a => Base a
> 
> class (BaseClass s) => DerivedClass s
> data Derived = forall a. DerivedClass a => Derived a
> 
> upcast :: Derived -> Base
> upcast (Derived d) = Base d
> 
> downcast :: Base -> Maybe Derived
> --
> 
> How do I define downcast?

class BaseClass s where
	downcast_to_derived :: s -> Maybe Derived

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