This is a small package defining two typeclasses
FromText. It's meant to be used in normal cases where you have some
control over data, hence UTF-8 is assumed for all types.
Currently supported packages are
base of course!
You can define
FromText instances that may fail as
FromText (Maybe a).
There are alse type aliases
LazyByteString et.c. so
you don't need to import them yourself, it also makes code easier to
read than if you import
Conversions from bytestrings use lenientDecode which replaces invalid characters with U+FFFD.
There are identity instances for
StrictText. They allow you to use
throughText instead of
fromText when working with
StrictText itself. It is not meant as an encouragement to use type
class constraints such as
ToText a => a -> IO () in function
signatures, I instead recommend using the actual type you want.
In practice I've found that most textual conversions I do are just to glue packages together. I either know or am satisfied with assuming that the encoding is UTF-8 and I don't really care about the types involved.
We should be using
Text as the default textual type instead of
Data.String.IsString otherwise accomplishes the same
goal. A current advantage of using
String is that you do not need to
OverloadedStrings for literals.
Multi-parameter type classes easily leads to ambiguity and leads to O(n^2) instances if you want to convert between every type. string-conversions implements this idea with the benefit that you have to pay even less attention of what types you are converting.
In most use sites conversions are total, encoding this possibility in the type class leads to partial functions or the need to handle impossible failures. convertible throws an exception if a failure occurs.
I don't want conversions from types just because they have a textual
representation such as
ToText Int - most types have one after
all. It's unclear whether you want a pretty printed or structually
Show already suffers this conflict.
Will instances for great-package be added?
Only if it's a popular library with no more than a couple of (new) dependencies. If you ask I will either accept or guarantee to do a major version bump should I change my mind (so you don't need to depend on a minor version
For that reason I added
it's a very useful package with only a one-module dependency
When to avoid this library
If you don't know the encoding you should explicitly use other libraries e.g. text-icu.