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From: Jonathan Roewen <jonathan.roewen@g...>
Subject: [Caml-list] composing functions...
Hi,

I'm getting a bit stuck, and am wondering if there's anyway to compose
a bunch of functions together easily without having to pre-maturely
apply any of them.

My current idea is trying to use objects, like:

class virtual ['a] composable = object (self)
  method compose a b = self#apply a @ b
  method virtual apply : 'a -> int list
end;;

class c1 = object
  inherit ['a] composable
  method apply (a,b,c) -> [a;b;int_of_char c]
end;;

class c2 = object
  inherit ['a] composable
  method apply a -> [a]
end;;

let o1 = new c1 and o2 = new c2;;

I can do something like let f a1 a2 = o1#compose a1 (o2#compose a2
[]);; and get a list back...

But what I'm wondering is if it's possible to make a generic compose
function that takes say a list of either classes or object instances,
and return a new function that I can apply the bunch of tuples to.

Theory: let f = compose [o1;o2];; f a1 a2;; maybe it's not worth the
hassle (if it's even possible).

Jonathan