Improper lists [was: Dialyzer v1.3.0 released]
Thu Mar 31 03:06:57 CEST 2005
Matthias Lang wrote:
> Matt> > It's possible to see it the other way around. Cons cells are
> Matt> > universal. ^^^^^^^^^^
> James> True. But the way I see it, the fundamental difference is that lists
> James> are designed... ^^^^^
> All lists are made of cons cells.
> But not all cons cells are part of a list.
> Wasn't that the whole point?
Depends on the language. In Haskell for example, and in other languages
where cons cells are defined as the algebraic data type
List t ::= Nil | Cons t (List t),
lists are always proper.
This representation of trees uses only proper lists (where each list is the
right spine of the corresponding subtree).
David Hopwood <david.nospam.hopwood@REDACTED>
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