# → Do You Need Self Discipline To Have Fun?

I can relate to this excellent post by Scott Young, where he makes the case that ease of doing an activity and its enjoyment aren’t the same.

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Applicative Laws for `((->) r)`

Type

Haskell’s function type `((->) r)`

is an Applicative functor. Similar to the previous two posts in this series, in this post I will verify that the applicative laws hold for the `((->) r)`

type.

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Applicative Laws for `[]`

Type

Haskell’s list type `[]`

is an Applicative functor. Similar to the previous post, this post will verify that the applicative laws hold for the `[]`

type.

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Applicative Laws for `Maybe`

Type

Applicative functors come with a set of laws that apply for all Applicative instances. These laws are as follows:

Identity:

`pure id <*> v = v`

Homomorphism:

`pure f <*> pure x = pure (f x)`

Interchange:

`u <*> pure y = pure ($y) <*> u`

Composition:

`pure (.) <*> u <*> v <*> w = u <*> (v <*> w)`

# Maybe as an Applicative Functor

`Maybe`

type is made an instance of the `Applicative`

type class as follows:

```
instance Applicative Maybe where
pure = Just
Nothing <*> _ = Nothing
(Just f) <*> something = fmap f something
```

# Pascal’s Triangle

One of the exercises in Structure and Implementation of Computer Programs deals with generating elements of the Pascal’s Triangle.

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When working with lists in Haskell, occasionally there’s a need to perform index based operations, such as adding an element at a particular index. As a Haskell *newbie*, using `foldl`

or `foldr`

is not the first idea that comes to mind when indices are involved. However, there is a general pattern that can be applied when using folds for index-based list operations.

# → Talking About Money

Patrick McKenzie wrote an excellent post about compensation and salary transparency. The entire post is really informative, but for me, this passage is a true gem. Every word here is absolutely true:

Read more…# Sublime Text & Haskell

There are several excellent posts about setting up the Haskell development environment. One of the best ones is Tony Lawrence’s Configuring Your Haskell Environment. I encourage you to take a look at his post first.

Read more…# → Why Racket? Why Lisp?

A slightly older (from Aug 2014), but nonetheless great post by Matthew Butterick where he enumerates the benefits of learning to program in Lisp (or one of its dialects).

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