[Haskell-cafe] Safe Haskell at the export symbol granularity?
illissius at gmail.com
Fri May 18 15:58:01 CEST 2012
I have a related-seeming question:
Say I have a type class with methods, and some functions implemented
on top of it. The class methods are inherently unsafe. Instances of
the class are supposed to satisfy some conditions, and if those
conditions are met, the functions built on top are safe.
So say I put the class in an Unsafe module, and re-export the class
without its methods along with the derived functions in a Safe module.
For anything unsafe to happen, the Unsafe module has to be imported
somewhere. But if someone imports it and implements a bad instance,
the Safe module *also* becomes potentially unsafe! What's the
recommended practice here?
(I can't really tell if this is the same question as originally posed
by Ryan, but I think it's not.)
On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 4:53 PM, Ryan Newton <rrnewton at gmail.com> wrote:
> Good point, Antoine!
> I think that does the trick.
> On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 10:48 AM, Antoine Latter <aslatter at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, May 17, 2012 at 8:50 AM, Ryan Newton <rrnewton at gmail.com> wrote:
>> > Thanks David.
>> > I'm glad to see it was discussed in the wiki. (Btw, my 2 cents is that
>> > I
>> > like the comment pragmas more than new keywords.)
>> > The issue that I think doesn't make it into the wiki is of splitting,
>> > not
>> > modules, but type-classes. That's where I think it becomes a more
>> > serious
>> > issue.
>> > Do you think a symbol-level Safe Haskell would be able to distinguish
>> > one
>> > method of a type class as unsafe, while the others are safe?
>> You can still do this at the module level, with the down-side of
>> potentially not being able to implement a class with the safe version:
>> > module Unsafe where
>> > class MyClass a where
>> > safeOp :: a -> Int -> IO ()
>> > unsafeOp :: a -> Int -> IO ()
>> > instance MyClass A where ...
>> > module Safe
>> > (MyClass(safeOp))
>> > where
>> > import Unsafe
>> I think this works.
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