[Haskell-cafe] Template Haskell a Permanent solution?

Henning Thielemann lemming at henning-thielemann.de
Mon Dec 27 08:44:41 CET 2010

On Mon, 27 Dec 2010, Jonathan Geddes wrote:

> #1 Parse a string at compile-time so that a custom syntax for
> representing data can be used. At the extreme, this "data" might even
> be an EDSL.

I think it would be enough, if the compiler could be told to unfold an 
expression like
   parse "text in a domain specific language"
  at compile time.

> #2 Provide instances automatically.


I also think that Template Haskell is used too much. Several things that 
are done in existing libraries could be done in plain Haskell in a better 
way. For the cases where Template Haskell is really needed, I'd prefer a 
solution that allows to generate the code before compilation, such that 
packages with automatically generated code can be run also on compilers 
that do not support Template Haskell.

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