Hmm. If you have
class (Diff (D f)) => Diff f where
then if I have
f :: Diff f => ...
f = e
then the constraints available for discharging constraints arising from e are
Diff f
Diff (D f)
Diff (D (D f))
Diff (D (D (D f)))
...
That's a lot of constraints.
Simon
 Original Message
 From: [email protected]
[mailto:[email protected]] On
 Behalf Of Conor McBride
 Sent: 17 December 2009 14:48
 To: Haskell Cafe
 Subject: Re: [Haskellcafe] Restrictions on associated types for classes

 Hi all

 On 17 Dec 2009, at 14:22, Tom Schrijvers wrote:

 >> class MyClass k where
 >> type AssociatedType k :: *
 >>
 >> Is there a way of requiring AssociatedType be of class Eq, say?
 >
 > Have you tried:
 >
 > {# LANGUAGE TypeFamilies #}
 > {# LANGUAGE FlexibleContexts #}
 >
 > class Eq (AssociatedType k) => MyClass k where
 > type AssociatedType k :: *

 I just got very excited about this. I'm supposed to be
 setting a test, but this is far more interesting. I tried
 this

 > {# LANGUAGE TypeFamilies, FlexibleContexts, EmptyDataDecls,
 TypeOperators #}

 > module DDD where

 > class (Diff (D f)) => Diff f where
 > type D f
 > plug :: D f x > x > f x

 > newtype K a x = K a deriving Show

 > data Void
 > magic :: Void > a
 > magic x = x `seq` error "haha"

 > instance Diff (K a) where
 > type D (K a) = K Void
 > plug (K c) x = magic c

 > newtype I x = I x deriving Show

 > instance Diff I where
 > type D I = K ()
 > plug (K ()) x = I x

 > data (f :+: g) x = L (f x)  R (g x) deriving Show

 > instance (Diff f, Diff g) => Diff (f :+: g) where
 > type D (f :+: g) = D f :+: D g
 > plug (L f') x = L (plug f' x)
 > plug (R g') x = R (plug g' x)

 > data (f :*: g) x = f x :& g x deriving Show

 > instance (Diff f, Diff g) => Diff (f :*: g) where
 > type D (f :*: g) = (D f :*: g) :+: (f :*: D g)
 > plug (L (f' :& g)) x = plug f' x :& g
 > plug (R (f :& g')) x = f :& plug g' x

 But I got this message

 [1 of 1] Compiling DDD ( DDD.lhs, interpreted )

 DDD.lhs:5:2:
 Cycle in class declarations (via superclasses):
 DDD.lhs:(5,2)(7,28): class (Diff (D f)) => Diff f where {
 type family D f; }
 Failed, modules loaded: none.

 and now I have to go back to setting my class test.

 Sorry for spam

 Conor

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