PROPOSAL: Some more 'Applicative' combinators

Don Stewart dons at
Mon Jan 7 19:53:14 EST 2008

> Hello,
> On Jan 6, 2008 9:20 PM, Bryan O'Sullivan <bos at> wrote:
> > While applicative functors are good for this task, it would be a shame
> > if the innocent reader of haddocks were to acquire the impression that
> > parsing was all they were for.
> :-) oh, come on!  I was just giving an example of what these
> combinators may be used for.   They are not any more related to
> parsing than say, 'many', 'some', or 'empty' and '(<|>)'---they
> provide just a few  more useful control structures.
> > Why not make the task specificity clearer, with a separate
> > Control.Applicative.Parsing module?
> Now _this_ would definitely suggest that they are only good for
> parsing which would be misleading.

+1 for this proposal. Glue for combining parsers seems like
a missing piece. Perhaps toss in an example in the docs?

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