# typelits-witnesses

Existential witnesses, singletons, and classes for operations on GHC TypeLits https://github.com/mstksg/typelits-witnesses

Version on this page: | 0.2.3.0 |

LTS Haskell 8.20: | 0.2.3.0 |

Stackage Nightly 2017-06-26: | 0.2.3.0 |

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**Justin Le**

**justin@jle.im**

#### Module documentation for 0.2.3.0

- GHC

# typelits-witnesses

Provides witnesses for `KnownNat`

and `KnownSymbol`

instances for various
operations on GHC TypeLits --- in particular, the arithmetic operations
defined in `GHC.TypeLits`

, and also for type-level lists of `KnownNat`

and
`KnownSymbol`

instances.

This is useful for situations where you have `KnownNat n`

, and you want to
prove to GHC `KnownNat (n + 3)`

, or `KnownNat (2*n + 4)`

.

It's also useful for when you want to work with type level lists of
`KnownNat`

/`KnownSymbol`

instances and singletons for traversing them, and be
able to apply analogies of `natVal`

/`symbolVal`

to lists with analogies for
`SomeNat`

and `SomeSymbol`

.

Note that most of the functionality in this library can be reproduced in a more
generic way using the great singletons library. The versions here are
provided as a "plumbing included" alternative that makes some commonly found
design patterns involving GHC's TypeLits functionality a little smoother,
especially when working with external libraries or GHC TypeLit's `Nat`

comparison API.

`GHC.TypeLits.Witnesses`

Provides witnesses for instances arising from the arithmetic operations
defined in `GHC.TypeLits`

.

In general, if you have `KnownNat n`

, GHC can't infer `KnownNat (n + 1)`

;
and if you have `KnownNat m`

, as well, GHC can't infer `KnownNat (n + m)`

.

This can be extremely annoying when dealing with libraries and applications
where one regularly adds and subtracts type-level nats and expects `KnownNat`

instances to follow. For example, vector concatenation of length-encoded
vector types can be:

```
concat :: (KnownNat n, KnownNat m)
=> Vector n a
-> Vector m a
-> Vector (n + m) a
```

But, `n + m`

now does not have a `KnownNat`

instance, which severely hinders
what you can do with this!

Consider this concrete (but silly) example:

```
getDoubled :: KnownNat n => Proxy n -> Integer
getDoubled p = natVal (Proxy :: Proxy (n * 2))
```

Which is supposed to call `natVal`

with `n * 2`

. However, this fails, because
while `n`

is a `KnownNat`

, `n * 2`

is not necessarily so. This module lets
you re-assure GHC that this is okay.

The most straightforward/high-level usage is with `withNatOp`

:

```
getDoubled :: forall n. KnownNat n => Proxy n -> Integer
getDoubled p = withNatOp (%*) p (Proxy :: Proxy 2) $
natVal (Proxy :: Proxy (n * 2))
```

Within the scope of the argument of
`withNatOp (%*) (Proxy :: Proxy n) (Proxy :: Proxy m)`

, `n * m`

is an instance
of `KnownNat`

, so you can use `natVal`

on it, and get the expected result:

```
> getDoubled (Proxy :: Proxy 12)
24
```

There are four "nat operations" defined here, corresponding to the four
type-level operations on `Nat`

provided in `GHC.TypeLits`

: `(%+)`

, `(%-)`

,
`(%*)`

, and `(%^)`

, corresponding to addition, subtraction, multiplication,
and exponentiation, respectively.

Note that `(%-)`

is implemented in a way that allows for the result to be a
*negative* `Nat`

.

There are more advanced operations dealing with low-level machinery, as well, in the module. See module documentation for more detail.

`GHC.TypeLits.Compare`

Provides tools for refining upper and lower bounds on `KnownNat`

s and proving
inequalities involving *GHC.TypeLits*'s comparison API. (Both with `<=?`

and
`CmpNat`

).

If a library function requires `1 <= n`

constraint, but only `KnownNat n`

is
available:

```
foo :: (KnownNat n, 1 <= n) => Proxy n -> Int
bar :: KnownNat n => Proxy n -> Int
bar n = case (Proxy :: Proxy 1) %<=? n of
LE Refl -> foo n
NLE _ -> 0
```

`foo`

requires that `1 <= n`

, but `bar`

has to handle all cases of `n`

. `%<=?`

lets you compare the `KnownNat`

s in two `Proxy`

s and returns a `:<=?`

, which
has two constructors, `LE`

and `NLE`

.

If you pattern match on the result, in the `LE`

branch, the constraint
`1 <= n`

will be satisfied according to GHC, so `bar`

can safely call
`foo`

, and GHC will recognize that `1 <= n`

.

In the `NLE`

branch, the constraint that `1 > n`

is satisfied, so any
functions that require that constraint would be callable.

For convenience, `isLE`

and `isNLE`

are also offered:

```
bar :: KnownNat n => Proxy n -> Int
bar n = case isLE (Proxy :: Proxy 1) n of
Just Refl -> foo n
Nothing -> 0
```

Similarly, if a library function requires something involving `CmpNat`

,
you can use `cmpNat`

and the `SCmpNat`

type:

```
foo1 :: (KnownNat n, CmpNat 5 n ~ LT) => Proxy n -> Int
foo2 :: (KnownNat n, CmpNat 5 n ~ GT) => Proxy n -> Int
bar :: KnownNat n => Proxy n -> Int
bar n = case cmpNat (Proxy :: Proxy 5) n of
CLT Refl -> foo1 n
CEQ Refl -> 0
CGT Refl -> foo2 n
```

You can use the `Refl`

that `cmpNat`

gives you with `flipCmpNat`

and
`cmpNatLE`

to "flip" the inequality or turn it into something compatible
with `<=?`

(useful for when you have to work with libraries that mix the
two methods) or `cmpNatEq`

and `eqCmpNat`

to get to/from witnesses for
equality of the two `Nat`

s.

`GHC.TypeLits.List`

Provides analogies of `KnownNat`

, `SomeNat`

, `natVal`

, etc., to type-level
lists of `KnownNat`

instances, and also singletons for iterating over
type-level lists of `Nat`

s and `Symbol`

s.

If you had `KnownNats ns`

, then you have two things you can do with it; first,
`natsVal`

, which is like `natVal`

but for type-level lists of `KnownNats`

:

```
> natsVal (Proxy :: Proxy [1,2,3])
[1,2,3]
```

And more importantly, `natsList`

, which provides singletons that you can
pattern match on to "reify" the structure of the list, getting a `Proxy n`

for
every item in the list with a `KnownNat`

/`KnownSymbol`

instance in scope for
you to use:

```
printNats :: NatList ns -> IO ()
printNats nl = case nl of
ØNL ->
return ()
p :># nl' -> do
print $ natVal p
printNats nl'
```

```
> printNats (natsList :: NatList [1,2,3])
1
2
3
```

Without this, there is no way to "iterate over" and "access" every `Nat`

in a
list of `KnownNat`

s. You can't "iterate" over `[1,2,3]`

in `Proxy [1,2,3]`

,
but you can iterate over them in `NatList [1,2,3]`

.

This module also lets you "reify" lists of `Integer`

s or `String`

s into
`NatList`

s and `SymbolList`

s, so you can access them at the type level for
some dependent types fun.

```
> reifyNats [1,2,3] $ \nl -> do
print nl
printNats nl
Proxy :<# Proxy :<# Proxy :<# ØNL
1
2
3
```

Another thing you can do is provide witneses that two `[Nat]`

s or `[Symbol]`

s
are the same/were instantiated with the same numbers/symbols.

```
> reifyNats [1,2,3] $ \ns -> do
reifyNats [1,2,3] $ \ms -> do
case sameNats ns ms of
Just Refl -> -- in this branch, ns and ms are the same.
Nothing -> -- in this branch, they aren't
```

The above would match on the `Just Refl`

branch.

See module documentation for more details and variations.

## Changes

# Version 0.2.3.0

https://github.com/mstksg/typelits-witnesses/releases/tag/v0.2.3.0

Added the

`GHC.TypeLits.Compare`

module for refining bounds and proving inequalities on`KnownNat`

s and associated utility functions.

# Version 0.2.2.0

https://github.com/mstksg/typelits-witnesses/releases/tag/v0.2.2.0

Removed redundant

`KnownNats`

and`KnownSymbols`

constraints for`sameNats`

and`sameSymbols`

.

# Version 0.2.1.0

https://github.com/mstksg/typelits-witnesses/releases/tag/v0.2.1.0

Added "eliminators", a staple of dependently typed programming, for

`NatList`

and`SymbolList`

.

# Version 0.2.0.0

https://github.com/mstksg/typelits-witnesses/releases/tag/v0.2.0.0

**Breaking**: Changed the name of`someNatsVal'`

to`someNatsValPos`

, to break away from the "just add`'`

" anti-pattern and to make the function name a bit more meaningful.Added

`reifyNats'`

, a "safe" version of`reifyNats`

. Ideally,`reifyNats`

should be the safe one, but its connection to`reifyNat`

from the*reflection*package is very strong and worth preserving, I think.

# Version 0.1.2.0

https://github.com/mstksg/typelits-witnesses/releases/tag/v0.1.2.0

Added

`mapNatList'`

and`mapSymbolList'`

companions to`mapNatList`

and`mapSymbolList`

; they use`NatList`

and`SymbolList`

instead of Rank-2 types, so they can work better with function composition with`(.)`

and other things that Rank-2 types would have trouble with.Added

`sameNats`

and`sameSymbols`

, modeled after`sameNat`

and`sameSymbol`

. They provide witnesses to GHC that`KnownNat`

s passed in are both the same.

# Version 0.1.1.0

https://github.com/mstksg/typelits-witnesses/releases/tag/v0.1.1.0

Added strict fields to

`NatList`

,`SomeNats`

,`SymbolList`

, and`SomeSymbols`

. It really doesn't make any sense for them to be lazy.

# Version 0.1.0.1

https://github.com/mstksg/typelits-witnesses/releases/tag/v0.1.0.1

Added README to the cabal package as an extra source file, for viewing on Hackage.

# Version 0.1.0.0

https://github.com/mstksg/typelits-witnesses/releases/tag/v0.1.0.0

Initial version.