[swift-evolution] [Proposal] Higher Kinded Types (Monads, Functors, etc.)

Andrey Tarantsov andrey at tarantsov.com
Thu Dec 17 05:43:41 CST 2015

>> Optional.map and Array.map do different things, and unifying them seems harmful.
> They actually don’t do different things. Optional can be thought of as an array of zero or one elements; from that point of view, operations like `map` and `flatMap` which are supported on both actually do the same thing.

I understand that reasoning, but it's completely contrary to how I (and presumably many other people) normally think. To me, optional is not a 0..1 array, it's just an optional. I don't want a flatMap on optionals (which, I believe, was thankfully removed in Swift 2).


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