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Michael Snoyman at Lambda World 2017


Everything You Didn’t Want To Know About Monad Transformer State

Monad transformers are often used in Haskell applications to model state, capture results, and deal with explicit exceptions. In order to make these monad transformer stacks work with concurrency primitives, runtime exceptions, and more, we’ll often use libraries like lifted-base, lifted-async, monad-control, and exceptions. But contrary to the expectations of many, surprising things can happen with the implicit state of our transformers. This talk will explain the problem, demonstrate where surprising behavior pops up, and recommend ways to structure your libraries and applications to sidestep the issue entirely.

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