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From Ted Dunning <>
Subject Re: [math] Support for Abelian Groups and Rings?
Date Mon, 03 Oct 2011 16:50:59 GMT
I would be curious to see how such a class would actually help you.  I have
to admit that a big part of my curiosity is due to the fact that I don't
understand how it really would help.  It could be, as you say, beautiful but
useful is sometimes are more difficult goal with these things.

I would also like to see if you are able to express enough interesting
structure in the Java type system so as to be useful.

So please do create a prototype.  It will be very interesting to see it.

2011/10/3 S├ębastien Brisard <>

> OK, I could go on, but honestly Phil, I think I won't be able to
> convince you. Indeed, if this feature existed, I would use it, but I
> must admit that I proposed it because I also find such a feature
> "beautiful" (which is not a very good reason for adding it to CM).
> What I'm going to do is implement those mathematical entities on my
> side, and try and use them. If I realize they could be useful to the
> core CM library, I'll raise this issue again later.
> Thank you for trying to reason me...

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