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Mon Mar 26 12:18:17 CEST 2012

## The ST monad

I need some mutable arrays, i.e. Data.Array.ST and have no idea how it
works. So, here's some Q&A.
- How to create a mutable array of size 10 with all 0 elements?
arr <- newArray (1,10) 0
- How to convert a mutable array to an immutable one? The ST Array
lives in the ST monad, so use newArray and operations on the array
to construct a monadic value ST (STArray). runSTArray can be used
to convert this to Array.
That solves construction and final output.
- How to iterate over the elements of an array? Probably simplest is
to use forM_, which is essentially a combination of map (construct
a list of monadic computations) and sequence (weave a list of
monadic computations into one computation). The function `indices'
caused some confusion as this is only defined for Array, so I use
the following approach:
forA a f = do
(a,b) <- getBounds a
forM_ [a..b] f
- Updating array elements: use writeArray.
[1] http://hackage.haskell.org/packages/archive/base/latest/doc/html/Control-Monad.html#v:forM-95-
[2] http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Arrays

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