Generalized monad comprehensions

This is a proposal to generalize MonadComprehensions (in conjunction with the ParallelListComp and TransformListComp extensions) from ticket #8914 as well as do-notation.

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A Monad constraint is sometimes too powerful both with with MonadComprehensions extension and using do-notation.


Ideally the following functions could be desugared into fmap with a Functor constraint:

{-# LANGUAGE MonadComprehensions #-}

fmapM :: Functor f => (a -> b) -> f a -> f b
fmapM f xs = [ f x | x <- xs ]

fmapDo :: Functor f => (a -> b) -> f a -> f b
fmapDo f xs = do
  x <- xs
  return (f x)

but their inferred signatures are Monad m => (a -> b) -> m a -> m b.

Applicative functor

The following are equivalent to, and could be safely replaced with, liftA3:

threeM :: Applicative f => (a -> b -> c -> d) -> f a -> f b -> f c -> f d
threeM f a1 a2 a3 = [ f x1 x2 x3 | x1 <- a1, x2 <- a2, x3 <- a3 ]

threeDo :: Applicative f => (a -> b -> c -> d) -> f a -> f b -> f c -> f d
threeDo f a1 a2 a3 = do
  x1 <- a1
  x2 <- a2
  x3 <- a3
  return (f x1 x2 x3)

but get a more restricted Monad constraint.


MonadZip (from Control.Monad.Zip) is a type class that requires a Monad constraint but could make do with a Functor constraint (or possibly no constraint at all but then the default implementations could not be implemented and the laws could not be expressed. The definition is currentlysource

class Monad m => MonadZip m where
    mzip :: m a -> m b -> m (a,b)
    mzip = mzipWith (,)

    mzipWith :: (a -> b -> c) -> m a -> m b -> m c
    mzipWith f ma mb = liftM (uncurry f) (mzip ma mb)

    munzip :: m (a,b) -> (m a, m b)
    munzip mab = (liftM fst mab, liftM snd mab)

but could be

class Functor f => FunctorZip f where
    fzip :: f a -> f b -> f (a,b)
    fzip = fzipWith (,)

    fzipWith :: (a -> b -> c) -> f a -> f b -> f c
    fzipWith f fa fb = fmap (uncurry f) (fzip fa fb)

    funzip :: f (a,b) -> (f a, f b)
    funzip fab = (fmap fst fab, fmap snd fab)

I noticed this in particular when I wanted to use length-indexed lists with a monad comprehension using only the (trivially defined) Applicative and FunctorZip instances, but was forced to define the Monad instance that was of no use for my particular case.


To be done''

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