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Date: 2004-12-13 (13:34)
From: skaller <skaller@u...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] environment idiom
On Mon, 2004-12-13 at 22:38, Martin Berger wrote:
> it is quite simple: of course the monadic IO that has been discussed
> has side-effects. hence it is not funcitonal. but -- and that's a big
> but -- what the monadic types do is: LIMIT composability in a way that
> no typable context can OBSERVE the statefulness of the monadic code.
> an external observer, not bound to the typing discipline, can observe
> the stateful behaviour.

AH! Thank you. No *typable* context can *observe*...

Now we're getting closer to a more general characterisation...

> more generally: the question of whether a code fragment is  functional
> or not is meaningless without specifying the class of admissable
> observations,

Yay! Yes! Spot on! <lol>

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