Discussion on: Let the compiler do the work for you!

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Nested Software

minor correction: JavaScript has Array.reduce, not fold.

Also, it seems to me that it would be helpful to explain mapAccumR, since that is doing the real heavy lifting here. Presumably you could implement that in Java (or maybe there is a library that does it already) and the solutions would become more or less the same.

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Jan van Brügge Author

Yes, fixed the Array.reduce

The nice thing is, mapAccumR is not doing much either. It relies completely on the power of Traversable the class that the compiler generated for us. If you would change the type signature of solve to allow for other Traversables than Tree, the code would work without any changes also for lists or arrays for example. All thanks to the power of fundamental abstractions.
I've added a short paragraph that shows that mapAccumR is not a lot of code.

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Maybe it would help clear the confusion by mentioning that deriving creates functions with certain rules (map, fold, etc.) that operate on the types?