Invertible grammar combinators for S-expressions

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Library of invertible parsing combinators for S-expressions. The combinators define primitive grammars and ways to compose them. A grammar constructed with these combinators can be run in two directions: parsing from S-expressions direction (forward) and serialising to S-expressions direction (backward).

The approach used in sexp-grammar is inspired by the paper Invertible syntax descriptions: Unifying parsing and pretty printing and a similar implementation of invertible grammar approach for JSON, library by Martijn van Steenbergen called JsonGrammar2.

Let’s have a look at sexp-grammar at work:

{-# LANGUAGE DeriveGeneric     #-}
{-# LANGUAGE OverloadedStrings #-}
{-# LANGUAGE TypeOperators     #-}

import GHC.Generics
import Data.Text (Text)
import Language.SexpGrammar
import Language.SexpGrammar.Generic

data Person = Person
  { pName    :: Text
  , pAddress :: Text
  , pAge     :: Maybe Int
  } deriving (Show, Generic)

instance SexpIso Person where
  sexpIso = with $ \person ->  -- Person is isomorphic to:
    list (                           -- a list with
      el (sym "person") >>>          -- a symbol "person",
      el string         >>>          -- a string, and
      props (                        -- a property-list with
        "address" .:  string >>>     -- a keyword :address and a string value, and
        "age"     .:? int))  >>>     -- an optional keyword :age with int value.

We’ve just defined an isomorphism between S-expression representation and Haskell data record representation of the same information.

ghci> :set -XTypeApplications
ghci> import Language.SexpGrammar
ghci> import Data.ByteString.Lazy.Char8 (pack, unpack)
ghci> person <- either error return . decode @Person . pack =<< getLine
(person "John Doe" :address "42 Whatever str." :age 25)
ghci> person
Person {pName = "John Doe", pAddress = "42 Whatever str.", pAge = Just 25}
ghci> putStrLn (either id unpack (encode person))
(person "John Doe" :address "42 Whatever str." :age 25)

See more examples in the repository.