[Haskell-cafe] regex and Regular Expressions Libraries

Chris Dornan chris at chrisdornan.com
Fri Mar 10 10:24:16 UTC 2017

Hi Evan,

By the sounds of it regex should help with this – each match operator being
available in an un-overloaded format. Does this API work for you?


On 2017-03-10, 05:12, "Evan Laforge" <qdunkan at gmail.com> wrote:

    That's always been my canonical example about how you can overuse
    typeclasses to make a simple job into an impenetrable documentation
    hunt.  Long ago I wrapped it in a simple API and have always used
    that.  Much later, pcre-heavy showed up and I just switched my wrapper
    to use that, since it was still a little too typeclass happy for my
    On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:06 AM, Chris Dornan <chris at chrisdornan.com> wrote:
    > Dear Haskell Cafe,
    > With the regex announcement, I wanted to try get other folks' perspective
    > on what has been happening with the Haskell regular expression libraries.
    > I have been in turn impressed at how good the engineering of the Regex
    > packages while gobsmacked by how difficult the traditional Text.Regex API
    > is to use.
    > In this blog post,
    >     http://engineers.irisconnect.net/posts/2017-03-07-regex.html
    > I rather cheekily speculate that the Haskellers perhaps have been a bit
    > disdainful of regular expressions (not important in a language capable
    > of doing proper parsing, etc.).
    > What do you think?
    > Chris
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