[Haskell-cafe] save/restore of STRef state
job.vranish at gmail.com
Sat Feb 27 11:17:34 EST 2010
I was using STRefs the other day and I ran across a case where I really
wanted the ability to save the state of all my references, execute some
action, and then restore the state later if needed.
I didn't find anything that does this on hackage so I implemented a small
wrapper around STRefs which does what I want.
Before I put it on hackage I thought I'd run it by haskell-cafe.
It works as follows:
test :: (String, Bool)
test = runContext $ do
a <- newRef "foo"
b <- newRef False
restore <- save
writeRef a "bar"
writeRef b True
when someCondition restore
x <- readRef a
y <- readRef b
return (x, y)
If someCondition, the existing state is restored and test returns ("foo",
otherwise nothing special happens and test returns ("bar", True)
Also each reference has a unique key that can make it much easier to
convert structures that use STRefs to pure stuctures.
Reads, writes and creating refs are still constant time operations (with
only a very very small overhead) and garbage collecting behavior should be
the same as with regular STRefs.
My implementation is here:
What do you think? Any suggestions?
Does anything like this already exist in hackage?
Does this seem useful to other people besides me? :)
Any glaring purity issues that I overlooked?
Thanks for your input,
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