[racket] Type-class-like idiom in Racket?

From: Helmut Rohrbacher (helmut.rohrbacher at gmail.com)
Date: Mon Mar 5 15:17:19 EST 2012

Sorry if this double posts.

I just wanna say, as a new member, I'm impressed by the speed, volume, and
quality of responses in this community. Not being simply told to RTFM or
such is a really great change from many other places.

> Or use structure properties to turn them into sequences (and then use for
> friends).

That would work for the TO-LIST abstraction or for using a sequence as an
intermediate representation for collection types. But, what about something
like the Speakable behaviorial type?

> I imagine that one could use impersonators for vectors and _mutable_

Racket's a pretty big language. I think everytime I try and do something, I
end up in a new unexplored corner of the language. I'll check impersonators
out, though according to Sam's comment they won't necessarily work.

> You could do that, or you could handle them specially in your generic

> function.

That's probably the most straight forward way, but it means dealing with
built-in types upfront rather than allowing for later extensibility (unless
I missed something).
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