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Re: [MirageOS-devel] Using Result instead of Option in libraries

[again raising the issue: could some mailing list admin please set the
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individual and to the list!]

On 14/10/2016 15:23, Anil Madhavapeddy wrote:
> On 14 Oct 2016, at 15:11, Hannes Mehnert <hannes@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On 14/10/2016 15:08, Anil Madhavapeddy wrote:
>>> Yeah, once we agree on the conventions :-)  Once we have everything using 
>>> Result.t, we also need to find the right set of combinators.
>>> - There is Rresult for basic Result.t handling: 
>>> http://erratique.ch/software/rresult/doc/Rresult.html
>>> - Lwt_result has a slightly different set of combinators 
>>> https://github.com/ocsigen/lwt/blob/master/src/core/lwt_result.mli
>>> So I guess we need to decide if we publish an Rresult_lwt.t which lifts up 
>>> "('a,'b) result" into an Lwt.t with the same API as Rresult otherwise.
>> Based on earlier discussion from January 2015, I put some combinators in
>> mirage-types.lwt (maybe they should live elsewhere)
>> https://github.com/hannesm/mirage/blob/network-error/types/runtime.lwt/m_infix.mli
> Ah, missed those, thanks!
> Looks like we have a number of different conventions for the binds.  Do we 
> want to have the same set of operators with and without Lwt support (and open 
> the Infix module locally as needed) or separate operators that be used 
> alongside each other?

My experience (reading other people's code, see e.g. [0]) is that
overloading the syntax of bind is bad, since it is hard to comprehend

Certainly, pure libraries not using Lwt can easily reuse >>= and >|=,
but as soon as you depend on both Lwt.t and result, I'd prefer to have
new character sequences for the binds (and not numerous `let open ___
in`).  The >>=? and >>|? originate from Ashish' suggestion
-- I'm open to any suggestions about the specific character sequences,
as long as we can agree on some.



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