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Extensible Effects: An Alternative to Monad Transformers
Haskell

Merge pull request #30 from bfops/sss/eff

sss/eff: trim external package dependencies

README.md

extensible-effects is based on the work Extensible Effects: An Alternative to Monad Transformers. Please read the paper for details.

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Advantages

  • Effects can be added, removed, and interwoven without changes to code not dealing with those effects.

Disadvantages

  • Common functions can't be grouped using typeclasses, e.g. the ask and getState functions can't be grouped with some

    class Get t a where
      ask :: Member (t a) r => Eff r a
    

    ask is inherently ambiguous, since the type signature only provides a constraint on t, and nothing more. To specify fully, a parameter involving the type t would need to be added, which would defeat the point of having the grouping in the first place.

  • Requires a Typeable instance on the return type. This is no longer a limitation on GHC versions 7.8 and above.

  • Neither Eff nor (:>) has a Typeable instance, and can thus often not be used as a return type (e.g. State type) for other Effs. This is no longer a concern for GHC versions 7.8 and above.
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