Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

#2041 new feature request

Allow splicing in concrete syntax

Reported by: igloo Owned by:
Priority: normal Milestone:
Component: Template Haskell Version: 6.8.2
Keywords: Cc: mjm2002@…, reiner.pope@…, pho@…
Operating System: Unknown/Multiple Architecture: Unknown/Multiple
Type of failure: None/Unknown Test Case:
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Template Haskell tends to lag behind GHC extensions, so it might be nice to allow concrete syntax to be returned, e.g. something like

f = $( return (RawE "5 + 6") )

There wouldn't be any need to restrict it to the top level, e.g. this would also be allowed:

f = $( return (InfixE (IntE 5) '(+) (RawE "6")) )

One possible disadvantage is that it might result in TH languishing even further behind, as there is less incentive to fill in the gaps.

Also, if a module splices in a raw expression from a TH library, what extensions should be enabled when parsing the string? Should we use the extensions enabled for the module, or should the RawE constructor specify the extensions to be used? We actually have this problem already, as (for example) when instances are spliced in we might need OverlappingInstances enabled, so just using the extensions enabled for the module would be consistent.

Change History (7)

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by simonpj

  • Type changed from bug to feature request

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by simonmar

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comment:3 Changed 7 years ago by simonmar

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comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by morrow

  • Cc mjm2002@… added

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by igloo

  • Milestone changed from 6.10 branch to _|_

comment:6 Changed 5 years ago by reinerp

  • Cc reiner.pope@… added
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Another use for this would be for creating custom quasiquoters with antiquoting. Say, to create a custom list quasiquoter:

[list| x^2+y, 3*z |]

the quasiquoter needs to parse antiquoted expressions such as x^2+y and 3*z into TH abstract syntax. Current quasiquoters mostly do this using haskell-src-exts (via the haskell-src-meta library), but it would be neater just to return a RawE antiquoted_stuff expression.

comment:7 Changed 3 years ago by PHO

  • Cc pho@… added
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