# streaming

an elementary streaming prelude and general stream type. https://github.com/michaelt/streaming

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**michaelt**

**what_is_it_to_do_anything@yahoo.com**

#### Module documentation for 0.1.4.5

# streaming

## Contents

§ 1. The freely generated stream on a streamable functor

§ 2. A freely generated stream of individual Haskell values is a Producer, Generator or Source

§ 3. `Streaming.Prelude`

§ 4. Mother's `Prelude`

v. `Streaming.Prelude`

§ 5. How come there's not one of those fancy "ListT done right" implementations in here?

§ 6. Didn't I hear that free monads are a dog from the point of view of efficiency?

§ 7. Interoperation with the streaming-io libraries

§ 8. Where can I find examples of use?

§ 9. Problems

§ 10. Implementation and benchmarking notes

§ 1. The freely generated stream on a streamable functor

`Stream`

can be used wherever `FreeT`

or `Coroutine`

are used. The compiler's standard range of optimizations work better for operations written in terms of `Stream`

. `Stream f m r`

, like `FreeT f m r`

or `Couroutine f m r`

- is of course extremely general, and many functor-general combinators are exported by the general module `Streaming`

.

In the applications we are thinking of, the general type `Stream f m r`

expresses a succession of steps arising in a monad `m`

, with a shape determined by the 'functor' parameter `f`

, and resulting in a final value `r`

. In the first instance you might read `Stream`

as `Repeatedly`

, with the understanding that one way of doing something some number of times, is to do it no times at all.

Readings of `f`

can be wildly various. Thus, for example,

` Stream Identity IO r`

is the type of an indefinitely delayed `IO r`

, or an extended `IO`

process broken into stages marked by the `Identity`

constructor. This is the `Trampoline`

type of the "Coroutine Pipelines" tutorial, and the `IterT`

of the `free`

library (which is mysteriously not identified with `FreeT Identity`

- all of the associated combinators are found within the general `Streaming`

module.)

In particular, though, given readings of `f`

and `m`

we can, for example, always consider the type `Stream (Stream f m) m r`

, in which steps of the form `Stream f m`

are joined end to end. Such a stream-of-streams might arise in any number of ways; a crude (because hyper-general) way would be with

`chunksOf :: Monad m, Functor f => Int -> Stream f m r -> Stream (Stream f m) m r`

and we can always rejoin such a stream with

`concats :: Monad m, Functor f => Stream (Stream f m) m r -> Stream f m r`

But other things can be chunked and concatenated in that sense; they need not themselves be explicitly represented in terms of `Stream`

; indeed `chunksOf`

and `concats`

are modeled on those in `pipes-group`

. In our variant of `pipes-group`

, these have the types

```
chunksOf :: Monad m => Int -> Producer a m r -> Stream (Producer a m) m r
concats :: Monad m => Stream (Producer a m) m r -> Producer a m r
```

## § 2. A freely generated stream of individual Haskell values is a Producer, Generator or Source

Of course, as soon as you grasp the general form of *succession* you are already in possession of the most basic concrete form: a simple *succession of individual Haskell values* one after another, the effectful list or sequence. This is just `Stream ((,) a) m r`

. Here we prefer to write `Stream (Of a) m r`

, strictifying the left element of the pair with

`data Of a r = !a :> r deriving Functor`

Either way, the pairing just links the present element with the rest of the stream. The primitive `yield`

statement just expresses the pairing of the yielded item with the rest of the stream; or rather it is itself the trivial singleton stream.

`yield 17 :: Stream (Of Int) IO ()`

`Streaming.Prelude`

is focused on the manipulation of this all-important stream-form, which appears in the streaming IO libraries under titles like:

```
io-streams: Generator a r
pipes: Producer a m r
conduit: ConduitM () o m r
streaming: Stream (Of a) m r
```

The only difference is that in `streaming`

the simple generator or producer concept is formulated explicitly in terms of the *general* concept of successive connection. But *this is a concept you need and already possess anyway*, as your comprehension of the streaming ABCs showed.

The special case of a *stream of individual Haskell values* that simply *comes to an end without a special result* is variously expressed thus:

```
io-streams: InputStream a
pipes: Producer a m ()
conduit: Source m a
machines: SourceT m a (= forall k. MachineT m k a)
streaming: Stream (Of a) m ()
```

Note that the above libraries generally employ elaborate systems of type synonyms in order to intimate to the reader the meaning of specialized forms. `io-streams`

is an exception. This libary is completely opposed to this tendency, and exports no synonyms.

## § 3. `Streaming.Prelude`

`Streaming.Prelude`

closely follows `Pipes.Prelude`

. But since it restricts itself to use only of the general idea of streaming, it cleverly *omits the pipes*:

```
ghci> S.stdoutLn $ S.take 2 S.stdinLn
let's<Enter>
let's
stream<Enter>
stream
```

Here's a little *connect and resume*, as the streaming-io experts call it:

```
ghci> rest <- S.print $ S.splitAt 3 $ S.each [1..10]
1
2
3
ghci> S.sum rest
49
```

Somehow, we didn't even need a four-character operator for that, nor advice about best practices! - just ordinary Haskell common sense.

## § 4. Mother's `Prelude`

v. `Streaming.Prelude`

The effort of `Streaming.Prelude`

is to leverage the intuition the user has acquired in mastering `Prelude`

and `Data.List`

and to elevate her understanding into a general comprehension of effectful streaming transformations. Unsurprisingly, it takes longer to type out the signatures. It cannot be emphasized enough, though, that *the transpositions are totally mechanical*:

```
Data.List.Split.chunksOf :: Int -> [a] -> [[a]]
Streaming.chunksOf :: Int -> Stream f m r -> Stream (Stream f m) m r
Prelude.splitAt :: Int -> [a] -> ([a],[a])
Streaming.splitAt :: Int -> Stream f m r -> Stream f m (Stream f m r)
```

These concepts are "functor general", in the jargon used in the documentation, and are thus exported by the main `Streaming`

module. Something like `break`

requires us to inspect individual values for their properties, so it is found in the `Streaming.Prelude`

```
Prelude.break :: (a -> Bool) -> [a] -> ([a],[a])
Streaming.Prelude.break :: (a -> Bool) -> Stream (Of a) m r -> Stream (Of a) m (Stream (Of a) m r)
```

It is easy to prove that *resistance to these types is resistance to effectful streaming itself*. I will labor this point a bit more below, but you can also find it developed, with greater skill, in the documentation for the pipes libraries.

## § 5. How come there's not one of those fancy "ListT done right" implementations in here?

The use of the final return value appears to be a complication, but in fact it is essentially contained in the idea of effectful streaming. This is why this library does not export a _ListT done right/, which would be simple enough - following `pipes`

, as usual:

`newtype ListT m a = ListT (Stream (Of a) m ())`

The associated monad instance would wrap

```
yield :: (Monad m) => a -> Stream (Of a) m ()
for :: (Monad m, Functor f) => Stream (Of a) m r -> (a -> Stream f m ()) -> Stream f m r
```

To see the trouble, consider this signature for splitting a ListT very much done right. Here's what becomes of chunksOf. As long as we are trapped in some sort of ListT, however much rightly implemented, these operations can't be made to stream; something like a list must be accumulated. Similarly, try to imagine adding a `splitAt`

or `lines`

function to this API. It would accumulate strict text forever, just as this does and this doesn't and this doesn't The difference is simply that the latter libraries operate with the general concept of streaming, and the whole implementation is governed by it. The attractions of the various "`ListT`

done right" implementations are superficial; the concept belongs to logic programming, not stream programming.

Note similarly that you can write a certain kind of take and drop with the `machines`

library - as you can even with a "`ListT`

done right". But I wish you luck writing `splitAt`

! Similarly you can write a getContents; but I wish you luck dividing the resulting bytestream on its lines. This is - as usual! - because the library was not written with the general concept of effectful succession or streaming in view. Materials for sinking some elements of a stream in one way, and others in other ways - copying each line to a different file, as it might be, but without accumulation - are documented within. So are are myriad other elementary operations of streaming io.

## § 6. Didn't I hear that free monads are a dog from the point of view of efficiency?

We noted above that if we instantiate `Stream f m r`

to `Stream ((,) a) m r`

or the like, we get the standard idea of a producer or generator. If it is instantiated to `Stream f Identity m r`

then we have the standard _free monad construction/. This construction is subject to certain familiar objections from an efficiency perspective; efforts have been made to substitute exotic cps-ed implementations and so forth. It is an interesting topic.

But in fact, the standard alarmist talk about *retraversing binds* and *quadratic explosions* and *costly appends*, and so on become transparent nonsense with `Stream f m r`

\
in its streaming use. The conceptual power needed to see this is basically nil: Where `m`

is read as `IO`

, or some transformed `IO`

, then the dreaded *retraversing of the binds* in a stream expression would involve repeating all the past actions. Don't worry, to get e.g. the second chunk of bytes from a handle, you won't need to start over and get the first one again! The first chunk has vanished into an unrepeatable past.

All of the difficulties a streaming library is attempting to avoid are concentrated in the deep irrationality of

`sequence :: (Monad m, Traversable t) => t (m a) -> m (t a)`

In the streaming context, this becomes

```
sequence :: Monad m, Functor f => Stream f m r -> Stream f m r
sequence = id
```

It is of course easy enough to define

`accumulate :: Monad m, Functor f => Stream f m r -> m (Stream f Identity r)`

or `reifyBindsRetraversingWherePossible`

or `_ICan'tTakeThisStreamingAnymore`

, as you might call it. *The types themselves* teach the user how to avoid or control the sort of accumulation characteristic of `sequence`

in its various guises e.g. `mapM f = sequence . map f`

and `traverse f = sequence . fmap f`

and `replicateM n = sequence . replicate n`

. See for example the types of

```
Control.Monad.replicateM :: Int -> m a -> m [a]
Streaming.Prelude.replicateM :: Int -> m a -> Stream (Of a) m ()
```

If you want to tempt fate and replicate the irrationality of `Control.Monad.replicateM`

, then sure, you can define the hermaphroditic chimera

`accumulate . Streaming.Prelude.replicateM :: Int -> m a -> m (Stream (Of a) Identity ())`

which is what we find in our diseased base libraries. But once you know how to operate with a stream directly you will see less and less point in what is called *extracting the (structured) value from IO*. Consider the apparently innocent distinction between

`"getContents" :: String`

and

`getContents :: IO String `

Omitting consideration of eof, we might define `getContents`

thus

`getContents = sequence $ repeat getChar`

There it is again! The very devil! By contrast there is no distinction between

`"getContents" :: Stream (Of Char) m () -- the IsString instance is monad-general`

and

`getContents :: MonadIO m => Stream (Of Char) m ()`

They unify just fine. That is, if I make the type synonym

`type String m r = Stream (Of Char) m r`

I get, for example:

```
"getLine" :: String m ()
getLine :: String IO ()
"getLine" >> getLine :: String IO ()
splitAt 20 $ "getLine" >> getLine :: String IO (String IO ())
length $ "getLine" >> getLine :: IO Int
```

and can dispense with half the advice they will give you on `#haskell`

. It is only a slight exaggeration to say that a stream should never be "extracted from IO".

With `sequence`

and `traverse`

, we accumulate a pure succession of pure values from a pure succession of monadic values. Why bother if you have intrinsically monadic conception of succession or traversal? `Stream f m r`

gives you an immense body of such structures and a simple discipline for working with them. Spinkle `id`

freely though your program, under various names, if you get homesick for `sequence`

and company.

## § 7. Interoperation with the streaming-io libraries

The simplest form of interoperation with pipes is accomplished with this isomorphism:

```
Pipes.unfoldr Streaming.next :: Stream (Of a) m r -> Producer a m r
Streaming.unfoldr Pipes.next :: Producer a m r -> Stream (Of a) m r
```

Of course, `streaming`

can be mixed with `pipes`

wherever `pipes`

itself employs `Control.Monad.Trans.Free`

; speedups are frequently appreciable. (This was the original purpose of the main `Streaming`

module, which just mechanically transposes a simple optimization employed in `Pipes.Internal`

.) Interoperation with io-streams is thus:

```
Streaming.reread IOStreams.read :: InputStream a -> Stream (Of a) IO ()
IOStreams.unfoldM Streaming.uncons :: Stream (Of a) IO () -> IO (InputStream a)
```

A simple exit to conduit would be, e.g.:

`Conduit.unfoldM Streaming.uncons :: Stream (Of a) m () -> Source m a`

These conversions should never be more expensive than a single `>->`

or `=$=`

.

At a much more general level, we also of course have interoperation with free:

```
Free.iterTM Stream.wrap :: FreeT f m a -> Stream f m a
Stream.iterTM Free.wrap :: Stream f m a -> FreeT f m a
```

## § 8. Where can I find examples of use?

For some simple ghci examples, see the commentary throughout the Prelude module. For slightly more advanced usage see the commentary in the haddocks of streaming-bytestring and e.g. these replicas of shell-like programs from the io-streams tutorial. Here's a simple streaming GET request with intrinsically streaming byte streams. Here is a comically simple 'high - low' game

## § 9. Problems

Questions about this library can be put as issues through the github site or on the pipes mailing list. (This library understands itself as part of the pipes "ecosystem.")

## § 10. Implementation and benchmarking notes

This library defines an optimized `FreeT`

with an eye to use with streaming libraries, namely:

```
data Stream f m r
= Return r
| Step !(f (Stream f m r))
| Effect (m (Stream f m r))
```

in place of the standard `FreeT`

that we find in the `free`

library, which is approximately:

`newtype FreeT f m r = FreeT {runFreeT :: m (Either r (f (FreeT f m r)))}`

Rather than wrapping each step in a monadic 'layer', such a layer is put alongside separate 'pure' constructors for a functor 'layer' and a final return value. The maneuver is very friendly to the compiler, but requires a bit of subtlety to protect a sound monad instance. Just such an optimization is adopted internally by the `pipes`

library. As in `pipes`

, the constructors are here left in an `Internal`

module; the main `Streaming`

module exporting the type itself and various operations and instances.

I ran a simple benchmark (adjusting a script of John Weigly) using a very simple composition of functions:

```
toList
. filter (\x -> x `mod` 2 == 0)
. map (+1)
. drop 1000
. map (+1)
. filter even
. each
```

as it interpreted by various libraries - `streaming`

, `conduit`

, `io-streams`

and `machines`

.

The results were fairly pleasing:

```
benchmarking sum/streaming
time 8.996 ms (8.910 ms .. 9.068 ms)
0.999 R² (0.998 R² .. 1.000 R²)
mean 9.060 ms (9.004 ms .. 9.122 ms)
std dev 164.6 μs (123.9 μs .. 251.9 μs)
benchmarking sum/conduit
time 15.77 ms (15.66 ms .. 15.89 ms)
0.999 R² (0.998 R² .. 1.000 R²)
mean 15.78 ms (15.70 ms .. 15.89 ms)
std dev 245.3 μs (176.5 μs .. 379.7 μs)
benchmarking sum/pipes
time 57.94 ms (57.68 ms .. 58.27 ms)
1.000 R² (1.000 R² .. 1.000 R²)
mean 58.10 ms (57.92 ms .. 58.27 ms)
std dev 324.2 μs (214.1 μs .. 468.8 μs)
benchmarking sum/iostreams
time 61.96 ms (61.36 ms .. 62.53 ms)
1.000 R² (0.999 R² .. 1.000 R²)
mean 61.80 ms (61.54 ms .. 62.08 ms)
std dev 543.7 μs (375.1 μs .. 715.7 μs)
benchmarking sum/machine
time 260.4 ms (257.2 ms .. 263.6 ms)
1.000 R² (0.999 R² .. 1.000 R²)
mean 259.7 ms (258.4 ms .. 260.6 ms)
std dev 1.284 ms (565.9 μs .. 1.690 ms)
variance introduced by outliers: 16% (moderately inflated)
benchmarking basic/streaming
time 74.86 ms (70.07 ms .. 78.78 ms)
0.994 R² (0.987 R² .. 0.999 R²)
mean 78.25 ms (75.55 ms .. 84.10 ms)
std dev 6.301 ms (1.995 ms .. 10.17 ms)
variance introduced by outliers: 19% (moderately inflated)
benchmarking basic/conduit
time 90.06 ms (66.61 ms .. 114.4 ms)
0.876 R² (0.658 R² .. 0.977 R²)
mean 98.63 ms (85.28 ms .. 116.5 ms)
std dev 23.06 ms (10.61 ms .. 30.72 ms)
variance introduced by outliers: 65% (severely inflated)
benchmarking basic/pipes
time 180.9 ms (158.7 ms .. 201.3 ms)
0.989 R² (0.971 R² .. 1.000 R²)
mean 190.5 ms (183.0 ms .. 197.8 ms)
std dev 10.16 ms (4.910 ms .. 14.86 ms)
variance introduced by outliers: 14% (moderately inflated)
benchmarking basic/iostreams
time 269.7 ms (243.8 ms .. 303.9 ms)
0.995 R² (0.985 R² .. 1.000 R²)
mean 264.2 ms (254.0 ms .. 272.0 ms)
std dev 10.87 ms (5.762 ms .. 15.06 ms)
variance introduced by outliers: 16% (moderately inflated)
benchmarking basic/machine
time 397.7 ms (324.4 ms .. 504.8 ms)
0.992 R² (0.977 R² .. 1.000 R²)
mean 407.7 ms (391.1 ms .. 420.3 ms)
std dev 19.40 ms (0.0 s .. 21.88 ms)
variance introduced by outliers: 19% (moderately inflated)
```

This sequence of pre-packaged combinators is, I think, as friendly as it could possibly be to the more recent conduit fusion framework. That framework of course doesn't apply to user-defined operations; there we should expect times like those shown for pipes. Since the combinators from `streaming`

are defined with naive recursion, more or less as the user might, we have reason to think this result is characteristic, but much more benchmarking is needed before anything can be said with certainty.