Some Problems When Using WinGHCi

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With WinGHCi, how can one implement the following code?

soma :: Int -> Int
soma 1 = aluno 1
soma n = aluno n + soma (n-1)

I am currently writing multiline code using

:{
...
:}

but that doesn't seem to solve the issue, in this case. Also, why doesn't something as

soma x y = x + y

work, when I'm working in WinGHCi? I can only do it if I use the let keyword

let soma x y = x + y -- valid Haskell code

although in most literature it seems people don't use it (I'm assuming it's because they are compiling the code?).

Thanks


The usual workflow for haskell programming is to put the function definition into a file and then load that file with ghci to test the function.

To define functions (or variables) in ghci you need to use let like you would inside a do-block, i.e. let f x = x+1. To define functions, with type signatures or mutliple cases, separate the lines with ; like this:

let soma :: Int -> Int; soma 1 = aluno 1; soma n = aluno n + soma (n-1)

You can use :{ } to write this in several lines, but you'll still need the ; at the end of each line.