[Haskell] ANNOUNCE: Basic serialization library using only existing SYB infrastructure

Stefan O'Rear stefanor at cox.net
Thu Dec 14 20:11:03 EST 2006

Announcing GenericSerialize, a library for serialization using the
existing generic-programming framework.

It is often advocated that support for serialization should be added to
the compiler (e.g. in the form of a deriving(Binary)).  With this I
intend to show that the existing infrastructure is sufficient, and
has some advantages over a dedicated serialization interface.

The main advantage that generic serialization posseses is that it is
possible to simultaneously have several serialization modes.  While
interfaces such as AltBinary allow writing to any type of stream, the
data format is fixed.  By contrast, GenericSerialize supports multiple
serialization modes; while the only currently existing module is for a
subset of R5RS s-expressions, that module is less than 100 lines of code
and is almost pure grammar.

See the included README for (minimal...) usage examples.

darcs get http://members.cox.net/stefanor/genericserialize
wget http://members.cox.net/stefanor/genericserialize-0.0.tar.gz

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