Generic parser library capable of providing partial results from partial input.

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The incremental-parser library is yet another parser combinator library, providing the usual set of Applicative, Alternative, and Monad combinators. Apart from this, it has three twists that make it unique.

Parsing incrementally

First, the parser is incremental. Not only can it be fed its input in chunks, but in proper circumstances it can also provide its output in parsed chunks. For this to be possible the result type must be a Monoid. The complete parsing result is then a concatenation of the partial results.

In order to make the incremental parsing easier, the combinator set is optimized for monoidal results. Apart from the usual combinators many and some, for example, there are concatMany and concatSome operators.

many :: Parser s r -> Parser s [r]
concatMany :: (Monoid s, Monoid r) => Parser s r -> Parser s r

Arbitrary monoidal inputs

The second weirdness, this one shared with Picoparsec, is that the the parser is generic in its input stream type, but this type is parameterized in a holistic way. There is no separate token type. Primitive parsers that need to peek into the input require its type to be an instance of a monoid subclass, from the monoid-subclasses package.

In Parsec:

string :: Stream s m Char => String -> ParsecT s u m String
char :: Stream s m Char => Char -> ParsecT s u m Char
anyToken :: (Stream s m t, Show t) => ParsecT s u m t

In Attoparsec:

string :: ByteString -> Parser ByteString
word8 :: Word8 -> Parser Word8
anyWord8 :: Parser Word8

In incremental-parser and Picoparsec:

string :: (LeftCancellativeMonoid s, MonoidNull s) => s -> Parser s s
token :: (Eq s, FactorialMonoid s) => s -> Parser s s
anyToken :: FactorialMonoid s => Parser s s

Two Alternative alternatives

Finally, the library being implemented on the basis of Brzozowski derivatives, it can provide both the symmetric and the left-biased choice, <||> and <<|>. This is the same design choice made by Text.ParserCombinators.ReadP and uu-parsinglib. Parsec and its progeny on the other hand provide only the faster left-biased choice, at some cost to the expressiveness of the combinator language. The standard <|> operator from the Alternative class acts as one or the other of the above, depending on whether the first type parameter of Parser is Symmetric or LeftBiasedLocal.

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