[Haskell-cafe] Re: Monads and Functions sequence and sequence_
mark.spezzano at chariot.net.au
Sat Oct 30 01:30:06 EDT 2010
Not exactly. If you use the type with Maybe Int like so:
sequence [Just 1, Nothing, Just 2]
then the result is Nothing.
Whereas sequence [Just 1, Just 2, Just 3] gives
Just [1, 2, 3]
I assume there's special implementations of sequence and sequence_ depending on the type of monad used. If it's a sequence_ [putStrLn "hello", putStrLn "goodbye"] then this prints out hello and goodbye on separate lines.
It seems to work differently for different types.
On 30/10/2010, at 3:42 PM, Bardur Arantsson wrote:
> On 2010-10-30 07:07, Mark Spezzano wrote:
>> Can somebody please explain exactly how the monad functions "sequence" and "sequence_" are meant to work?
>> I have almost every Haskell textbook, but there's surprisingly little information in them about the two functions.
>> From what I can gather, "sequence" and "sequence_" behave differently depending on the types of the Monads that they are processing. Is this correct? Some concrete examples would be really helpful.
> sequence [m1,m2,m3,m4,...] = do
> x1 <- m1
> x2 <- m2
> x3 <- m3
> x4 <- m4
> return [x1,x2,x3,x4,...]
> sequence_ [m1,m2,m3,m4,...] = do
> return ()
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