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Programming language: Haskell
License: BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
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Latest version: v0.3.0

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validated-literals: Compile-time checking for partial smart-constructors

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To disallow invalid input it is common to define (new)types with hidden data constructors. Forcing the user to go through a smart-constructor that enforces invariants and returns Maybe ResultType, preventing the construction of data with invalid values.

However, it is also common to want to include literal values of such types in source text. Things of textual literals for HTML, HTTP, etc. In such cases smart-constructors force us to handle potential conversion failures at runtime, or abusing functions like fromJust to break away all the safety smart-constructors provide. All this despite the fact that we can statically know at compile time that the conversion will always succeed or always fails.

This package provides a typeclasses for using TH to validate the correctness of provided literals at compile. This lets you define, e.g., newtype Even = Even Integer and write:

x :: Even
x = $$(valid 38)

This will check, at compile time, that the provided Integer is, in fact, even and unwrap it from Maybe, avoiding the runtime check.

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