Constrained monads

There are Haskell types that have an associated monad structure, but cannot be made instances of the Monad class. The reason is typically that the return or the bind operation of such a type m has a constraint on the type parameter of m. As a result, all the nice library support for monads is unusable for such types. This problem is called the constrained-monad problem.

In my article The Constraint kind, I described a solution to this problem, which involved changing the Monad class. In this article, I present a solution that works with the standard Monad class. This solution has been developed by Neil Sculthorpe, Jan Bracker, George Giorgidze, and Andy Gill. It is described in their paper The Constrained-Monad Problem and implemented in the constrained-normal package. Continue reading

The Constraint kind

A recent language extension of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC) is the Constraint kind. In this blog post, I will show some examples of how this new feature can be used. This is a write-up of my Theory Lunch talk from 7 February 2013. The source of this article is a literate Haskell file, which you can download and load into GHCi. Continue reading

Three talks about ideal monads

Two months ago, we started the theory lunch meetings at the Institute of Cybernetics. In these meetings, we have lunch together and discuss all kinds of interesting things related to theoretical computer science. We also started the Theory Lunch blog, where an article is posted for every lunch session. I used three of the lunch meetings to talk about ideal monads, and published summaries of my talks in the following articles: Continue reading