Edward Kmett wrote:
Sebastian Fischer wrote:
Heinrich Apfelmus wrote:
newtype CMaybe a = CMaybe (forall r. (a > Maybe r) > Maybe r)
Yes, with this type `orElse` has the same type as `mplus`, which is
very nice.
This type is the same as "Codensity Maybe" using categoryextras
which is a 'bit bigger than Maybe'. (To see why, figure out how
Codensity Reader is isomorphic to State!) This is the wiggle room
you're using to get the distributive operator.
I encounter the Codensity type constructor every now and then. I used
it to Reinvent Haskell Backtracking, learned about implementing a
state monad with a reader monad wrapped in Codensity when
implementing Lazy Nondeterministic Programming and Janis Voigtländer
also used it to improve the asymptotics of free monads.
I wonder whether for every monad `m` and `a :: Codensity m a`
getCodensity a f = getCodensity a return >>= f
Is this true? Why (not)?
Another encoding of Maybe is through Yoneda Endo
Interesting. I did not yet encounter Yoneda in my own code but will
watch out in the future.
Sebastian

Underestimating the novelty of the future is a timehonored tradition.
(D.G.)
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