default instance for IsString
marlowsd at gmail.com
Tue Apr 24 15:21:43 CEST 2012
On 24/04/2012 11:08, Erik Hesselink wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 10:55, Michael Snoyman<michael at snoyman.com> wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 11:36 AM, Erik Hesselink<hesselink at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 08:32, Michael Snoyman<michael at snoyman.com> wrote:
>>>> Here's a theoretically simple solution to the problem. How about
>>>> adding a new method to the IsString typeclass:
>>>> isValidString :: String -> Bool
>>> If you're going with this approach, why not evaluate the conversion
>>> from String immediately? For either case you have to know the
>>> monomorphic type, and converting at compile time is more efficient as
>>> well. But we're getting pretty close to Template Haskell here.
>> I could be mistaken, but I think that would be much harder to
>> implement at the GHC level. GHC would then be responsible for taking a
>> compile-time value and having it available at runtime (i.e., lifting
>> in TH parlance). Of course, I'm no expert on GHC at all, so if someone
>> who actually knows what they're talking about says that this concern
>> is baseless, I agree that your approach is better.
> But GHC already has all the infrastructure for this, right? You can do
> exactly this with TH.
No, Michael is right. The library writer would need to provide
fromString :: String -> Q Exp
since there's no way to take an aribtrary value and convert it into
something we can compile.
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