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generic-deriving: Generic programming library for generalised deriving

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This package provides functionality for generalising the deriving mechanism in Haskell to arbitrary classes. It was first described in the paper:

The current implementation integrates with the new GHC Generics. See http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/GHC.Generics for more information. Template Haskell code is provided for supporting older GHCs.

This library is organized as follows:

  • Generics.Deriving.Base defines the core functionality for GHC generics, including the Generic(1) classes and representation data types. On modern versions of GHC, this simply re-exports GHC.Generics from base. On older versions of GHC, this module backports parts of GHC.Generics that were not included at the time, including Generic(1) instances.

  • Generics.Deriving.TH implements Template Haskell functionality for deriving instances of Generic(1).

  • Educational code: in order to provide examples of how to define and use GHC.Generics-based defaults, this library offers a number of modules which define examples of type classes along with default implementations for the classes' methods. Currently, the following modules are provided:

    • Generics.Deriving.Copoint
    • Generics.Deriving.ConNames
    • Generics.Deriving.Enum
    • Generics.Deriving.Eq
    • Generics.Deriving.Foldable
    • Generics.Deriving.Functor
    • Generics.Deriving.Monoid
    • Generics.Deriving.Semigroup
    • Generics.Deriving.Show
    • Generics.Deriving.Traversable
    • Generics.Deriving.Uniplate

It is worth emphasizing that these modules are primarly intended for educational purposes. Many of the classes in these modules resemble other commonly used classes—for example, GShow from Generics.Deriving.Show resembles Show from base—but in general, the classes that generic-deriving defines are not drop-in replacements. Moreover, the generic defaults that generic-deriving provide often make simplifying assumptions that may violate expectations of how these classes might work elsewhere. For example, the generic default for GShow does not behave exactly like deriving Show would.

If you are seeking GHC.Generics-based defaults for type classes in base, consider using the generic-data library.

  • Generics.Deriving.Default provides newtypes that allow leveraging the generic defaults in this library using the DerivingVia GHC language extension.

  • Generics.Deriving re-exports Generics.Deriving.Base, Generics.Deriving.Default, and a selection of educational modules.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the generic-deriving README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.