[Haskell-cafe] How to pretty print code efficiently

John Ky newhoggy at gmail.com
Fri Jul 3 21:45:47 EDT 2009


Currently I'm pretty printing code by building arrays of strings and calling
indent.  For example:

instance JavaPrintableNamed AST.EnumeratedType where
   javaLinesNamed parentName (AST.EnumeratedType memberDefinitions) =
      [ "public enum " ++ asJavaId(parentName)
      , "{"
      ] ++ memberCodeLines ++
      [ "}"
      , ""
         memberCodeLines = indent $ javaLines memberDefinitions

The indent function takes a list of strings and adds an indent to the
beginning of every line.

I can imagine this to be very inefficient as it builds many strings and
concatenates them.

In Ruby, I might do the same thing like this:

class EnumeratedType < JavaPrintableNamed
   def writeTo(writer)
      writer.print "public enum "
      writer.puts self.asJavaId
      writer.puts "{"
      writer.indent do

where above, the writer.indent takes care of the indent, and everything is
appended to a stream, which doesn't seem so bad in terms of efficiency.

I'm looking for a way to do something similar in Haskell.

Anyone can give me a hand?


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