Partial type signatures

  • Example
  • Inferring type constructors
  • Inferring constraints
  • NamedWildCards
  • With ScopedTypeVariables
  • Use during development

In standard Haskell without the PartialTypeSignatures GHC extension, type inference is a somewhat all-or-nothing affair. You can either omit the type signature for a function and let the compiler infer it,

or you can write a type signature yourself.

But what if we want to only specify part of the type and let the compiler infer the rest?

The PartialTypeSignatures extension, available in GHC 7.10 and later, can help.Official GHC documentation for PartialTypeSignatures.

In this article, we show how to use the PartialTypeSignatures extension and what kinds of things it can infer. We also discuss why you might want to take advantage of this feature during development so that you code can always compile despite possibly being not all written yet.

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