# Infer DatatypeContexts

Haskell prime has decided to depricate DatatypeContexts.

Running Example:

data (Eq e) => HasEq e = HasEq e

In haskell98, 2010 these are not typically usable as you might expect

eq :: HasEq e -> HasEq e -> Bool eq (HasEq e) (HasEq e') = e == e'

Would give a missing context error, so contexts always had to be specified.

eq :: (Eq e) => HasEq e -> HasEq e -> Bool eq (HasEq e) (HasEq e') = e == e'

## GADT alternative

An alternative in terms of GADTs that works as expected has been suggested.

data HasEq e where HasEq :: (Eq e) => e -> HasEq e eq :: HasEq e -> HasEq e -> Bool eq (HasEq e) (HasEq e') = e == e'

### Problems with GADT alternative

- For performance sensitive types this might be problematic since they are always stored in a box that could be bottom and that needs to be checked at runtime.

- If you have a num container,
data IsNum n where IsNum :: (Num n) => n -> IsNum n

you can not write the type of the following expression without stating the type classIsNum $ fromInteger 1 :: (Num n) => IsNum n

## Suggested Extensions

### Syntactic sugar for explicit type annotations + Constructor type change

How can you get a value of type `HasEq a`

.

- Using a Constructor (also in a pattern):
Use the same trick as with GADTs?
Just make the type signature of the constructor
`(Eq a) => a -> HasEq a`

- Explicit type signature
`(undefined :: HasEq a)`

: For all free variables in`HasEq (...)`

add`Eq (...)`

to the context where the variable is bound.

Listing of all places where explicit types appear.

- Haskell98
`type simpletype = type`

just a simple type synonym no need to do anything`data [context =>] simpletype = constrs [deriving]`

check the constructors for types with DatatypeContexts. Place all found contexts in`context`

. If the context is not empty? Change the constructor types to:`Constr :: context => ...`

- same for newtype
`class [scontext =>] tycls tyvar [where cdecls]`

Nothing to do really.- instance [scontext =>] qtycls inst [where idecls] Make InferDatatypeContext imply FlexibleContexts. Check inst for types with DatatypeContexts. Add contex to scontext.
- default (type1 , ... , typen) ignore
`gendecl -> vars :: [context =>] type`

Check type. Add to context`context -> class | ( class1 , ... , classn )`

Check types in class1 ... Add to context`exp -> exp0 :: [context =>] type`

Check type. Add to context

- Extensions:
- Explicit forall RankNTypes, Imporedicative types.
For all free variables in
`HasEq (...)`

add`Eq (...)`

to the context where the variable is bound e.g.Maybe ( forall b. ( forall c. HasEq (a,b,c,forall d.d) ) -> () ) -> a

becomesEq (a,b',c',d') => Maybe ( forall b. (Eq (a,b,c'',d'')) => ( forall c. (Eq (a,b,c,d''')) => HasEq (a,b,c,forall d.d) ) -> () ) -> a

- Type families: like with type synonyms contexts can be safely ignored here. What about newtype type families?
- Functional Dependencies: TODO
- GADTs: TODO

- Explicit forall RankNTypes, Imporedicative types.
For all free variables in

- Functions in modules without this extension. Maybe it's possible to add the contexts when the functions are imported. I don't know.

## Uses

## Related

#8026

http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/haskell-prime/2010-July/003249.html

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