|Version 18 (modified by dreixel, 17 months ago)|
Kind polymorphism and datatype promotion
This page gives additional implementation details for the -XPolyKinds flag. The grand design is described in the paper Giving Haskell a Promotion. Most of the work has been done and merged into GHC 7.4.1. The relevant user documentation is in [the user's guide (add link when it's up)] and on the Haskell wiki page. What still doesn't work, or doesn't work correctly, is described here.
Explicit kind variables
Kind defaulting in type families
#5682 (proper handling of infix promoted constructors)
Kind synonyms (from type synonym promotion)
At the moment we are not promoting type synonyms, i.e. the following is invalid:
data Nat = Ze | Su Nat type Nat2 = Nat type family Add (m :: Nat2) (n :: Nat2) :: Nat2
Future work: promote type synonyms to kind synonyms.