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Shnippet is a collection of YASnippet Haskell snippets for Emacs.
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Shnippet is a collection of YASnippet Haskell snippets for Emacs.


Clone repository:

$ cd ~/.emacs.d/snippets
$ git clone
$ hg clone

Add the cloned repository to YASnippet's yas-snippet-dirs:

(setq yas-snippet-dirs

Snippets may have to be recompiled and reloaded in Emacs if YASnippet is already in use:

M-x yas-recompile-all
M-x yas-reload-all

Haskell snippts should now be available to use! In a haskell-mode buffer, type fn<TAB>. A prompt should appear asking which fn snippet to expand.

I highly recommend using YASnippet with ido-mode. Configure Emacs:

(setq-default yas-prompt-functions '(yas-ido-prompt yas-dropdown-prompt))

This is important so that alternatives (like import vs. import qualified) can quickly be selected with a single key stroke.

Available Expansion Keys

  • new - newtype
  • mod - module [simple, exports]
  • main - main module and function
  • let - let bindings
  • lang - language extension pragmas
  • \ - lambda function
  • inst - instance declairation
  • imp - import modules [simple, qualified]
  • if - if conditional [inline, block]
  • <- - monadic get
  • fn - top level function [simple, guarded, clauses]
  • data - data type definition [inline, record]
  • => - type constraint
  • {- - block comment
  • case - case statement

Design Ideals

  • Keep snippet keys (the prefix used to auto-complete) to four characters or less while still being as easy to guess as possible.

  • Have as few keys as possible. The more keys there are to remember, the harder snippets are to use and learn.

  • Leverage ido-mode when reasonable. For instance, to keep the number of snippet keys to a minimum as well as auto complete things like Haskell Langauge Extension Pragmas. When multiple snippets share a key (ex: fn), the ido-mode prompts are unique to one character (ex: guarded function and simple function are g and s respectively).


This code is written and maintained by Luke Hoersten,

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