an erlang monad?
Wed Mar 2 22:54:54 CET 2005
"Ulf Wiger \(AL/EAB\)" <ulf.wiger@REDACTED> writes:
> I have had reason to do some rather complex code using
> a 'dict' dictionary. I find myself constantly wishing
> for a library function (and eventually writing it
> myself) that does the following:
> with(Dict, Actions) ->
> lists:foldl(fun(F,D) ->
> end, Dict, Actions).
> That is, fold over a list of functions that update
> the dictionary. This, I believe, essentially amounts
> to a monad in other languages. ;-) Even if this is
> just me misunderstanding monads (like everyone else),
> I find the function very useful.
> What this does is basically free you from the absurd
> D1, D2, D3, etc. gymnastics, where you will eventually,
> inevitably mess up the numbering.
> An example from my 'builder' module on Jungerl:
> Dict = with(Dict0,
> [fun(D) -> read_options_file(D) end,
> fun(D) -> store_options(Options, D) end,
> fun(D) -> post_process_options(D) end,
But surely the state monad is just a poor man's process dictionary..
D = make_ref(),
put(D, mk_dict(default_options() ++ Options)),
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