# ifcxt: put if statements within type constraints

[ bsd3, control, library ] [ Propose Tags ]

This package introduces the ifCxt function, which lets your write if statements that depend on a polymorphic variable's class instances. For example, we can make a version of show that can be called on any type:

cxtShow :: forall a. IfCxt (Show a) => a -> String
cxtShow a = ifCxt (Proxy::Proxy (Show a))
(show a)
"<<unshowable>>"

Running this function in ghci, we get:

>>> cxtShow (1 :: Int)
"1"

>>> cxtShow (id :: a -> a)
"<<unshowable>>"


See the project webpage http://github.com/mikeizbicki/ifcxt for more details.

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