[Haskell-cafe] Parsec memory behavior
Juan Carlos Arevalo Baeza
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Thu May 18 05:37:56 EDT 2006
Very interesting, thanx.
I haven't finished grokking this yet, but... Basically, this one is
of the "somehow return errors inline" category. The errors are returned
inline, together with the expression that computes the result, so that
you can extract either the errors and/or the result whenever convenient.
I'd be worried about the performance you can get from this
breadth-first approach. I sort of like the fine-tuning control that the
"try" approach gives in parsec. I'll finish the paper before giving this
any more thought, though.
Jeremy Shaw wrote:
> At Wed, 17 May 2006 11:36:00 -0700,
> Juan Carlos Arevalo Baeza wrote:
>> Is there any known alternative that doesn't exhibit this behavior? It
>> would have to somehow return errors inline or on a "side channel". I'll
>> be toying with this sort of thing for a while.
> You might try reading,
> Polish Parsers, Step By Step
> by R. John M. Hughes and S. Doaise Swierstra
> From the abstract:
> We present the derivation of a space efficient parser combin-
> ator library: the constructed parsers do not keep unneces-
> sary references to the input, produce online results and effi-
> ciently handle ambiguous grammars. The underlying tech-
> niques can be applied in many contexts where traditionally
> backtracking is used.
> By 'online' they mean able to starting producing results before the
> whole thing is parsed.
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