[Haskell-cafe] Re: String vs ByteString

Felipe Lessa felipe.lessa at gmail.com
Fri Aug 13 21:18:08 EDT 2010

On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 10:01 PM, Dan Doel <dan.doel at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Friday 13 August 2010 8:51:46 pm Evan Laforge wrote:
>> I have an app that is using Data.Text, however I'm thinking of
>> switching to UTF8 bytestrings.  The reasons are that there are two
>> main things I do with text: pass it to a C API to display, and parse
>> it.  The C API expects UTF8, and the parser libraries with a
>> reputation for being fast all seem to have bytestring inputs, but not
>> Data.Text (I'm using unpack -> parsec, which is not optimal).
> You should be able to use parsec with text. All you need to do is write a
> Stream instance:
>  instance Monad m => Stream Text m Char where
>    uncons = return . Text.uncons

Then this should be on a 'parsec-text' package.  Instances are always
implicitly imported.

Suppose packages A and B define this instance separately.  If
package C imports A and B, then it can't use any of those
instances nor define its own.

Cheers! =)


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