[Haskell-beginners] ICFP 2007

Rafael Gustavo da Cunha Pereira Pinto RafaelGCPP.Linux at gmail.com
Wed Aug 27 19:46:44 EDT 2008

First of all, sorry asking too many questions!

I am using the ICFP 2007 (http://save-endo.cs.uu.nl/) problem as a case for
learning Haskell.

I started with the prototype, listed below

module Main(main) where

import qualified Data.ByteString.Lazy.Char8 as L
import qualified Data.ByteString.Char8 as S

import Data.ByteString.Search.BoyerMoore as BM
import Debug.Trace

data DNA=DNA {prefix :: L.ByteString, suffix :: L.ByteString}

main::IO ()
    d<-L.readFile "endo.dna"
    let pat=S.pack "ICFP"
    print $ take 1 $ matchSL pat $ L.append (prefix dna) (suffix dna)
=================EOF Main.hs===================

My question is:

Knowing that the searched pattern is in DNA prefix, will "suffix dna" ever
be called here?
I mean, will the "append" suspension ever be fully evaluated?

I am thinking on using a data type like

data DNA=DNA {prefix::L.ByteString, worked::L.ByteString,

The invariant is that worked should be L.empty whenever prefix is L.empty.

Thanks in advance

Rafael Gustavo da Cunha Pereira Pinto
Electronic Engineer, MSc.
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