Introducing Qualified Do/Ado
Possible Readability Issue with Rebindable Do/Ado Notation
When using Rebindable do/ado notation, I'd recommend using the
let ... in do/ado aproach for rebinding function names. Let me give an example why. If we used the 'where' clause approach, it isn't immediately clear whether
do/ado notation desugars to the standard functions or to some remapped version until the very end. For example,
-- Reader thinks, "Oh hey! It's do notation. -- It's just standard `bind` desugaring." comp3 :: Box Int comp3 = do a <- Box 1 b <- Box 1 c <- Box 1 d <- Box 1 e <- Box 1 f <- Box 1 g <- Box 1 h <- Box 1 i <- Box 1 j <- Box 1 k <- Box 1 l <- Box 1 m <- Box 1 n <- Box 1 o <- Box 1 p <- Box 1 q <- Box 1 r <- Box 1 pure 5 where someValue = "some really long boilerplate-y string..." anotherComputation = case _ of Just x -> Right $ foldl ((:)) Nil x Nothing -> Left "Not sure what went wrong here..." -- Reader now thinks, "Oh crap. My understanding is completely off -- now that I know `bind` really means the below definition..." bind = -- my custom bind definition...
The above problem can be alleviated by bumping
bind to the top using a let binding.
-- Reader thinks, "Oh hey! It's do notation. -- It's just standard `bind` desugaring." comp3 :: Box Int comp3 = do -- Reader thinks, "Oh wait. It's using a custom bind definition. -- I'll need to read through this next part carefully..." let bind = -- my custom bind definition... in do a <- Box 1 b <- Box 1 -- the rest of the code in the example above...
Problems with Rebindable Do/Ado Notation
There are generally two problems with Rebindable do/ado notation.
First, each function that uses this feature must rebind do/ado notation to the correct definition. If one was building a library where each function used this, it would get very tedious.
comp1 :: Box Int comp1 = let bind = NormalBind.bind in do three <- Box 3 Box unit two <- Box 2 pure (three + two) comp2 :: Box Int comp2 = let bind = NormalBind.bind in do three <- Box 3 pure (three + two) -- ok, this is really getting tedious... comp3 :: Box Int comp3 = let bind = NormalBind.bind in do three <- Box 3 Box unit two <- Box 2 pure (three + two)
Second, rebindable do/ado notation might not be easily redable when running computations in various monadic contexts. For example
someComputation :: Box Int someComputation = let bind = NormalBind.bind in do -- Box monadic context... use standard bind here value1 <- takesMonad1Argument (let bind = customBind in do -- Monad1 monadic context... use custom bind here value2 <- runMonad1Computation takesMonad2Argument (let bind = NormalBind.bind in do -- Monad2 monadic context... use a different custom bind here... value3 <- runMonad2Computation) pure (value3 + 5)) pure (value1 + 8)
As can be seen, "rebindable" do/ado notation is good when functions do not use many lines and one is not switching back and forth between monadic contexts.
Still, Qualified Do/Ado helps "solve" each of these problems. What follows is the requirements one needs to implement before this feature will work. In this example, we'll use a more complicated example: IndexedMonad/IxMonad.