Parsec monadic parser ported to clojure
Switch branches/tags
Nothing to show
Pull request Compare This branch is 2 commits behind mmikulicic:master.
Fetching latest commit…
Cannot retrieve the latest commit at this time.
Failed to load latest commit information.


# clarsec

clarsec is an attempt to port haskell parsec to clojure

This library is inspired on and uses the Meikel Brandmeyer's "monad" library (slightly adapted), as I didn't understand how the clojure contrib monad
library works.

## Usage

there is an example parser which I ported straight from a Haskell Parsec code.

Basically, you should be able to write the examples on

The library comes with a small number of basic combinators. I hope it will be useful.

## Caveats

forward references are a mess. I tried to maintain the DSL as simple as possible. Imagine that "structureDef" and "comma" are two already existing
parsers, and "brackets" and "sepBy" are two combinators. I want to be able to write it like this:

  (def structure 
       (brackets (sepBy structureDef comma)))

however, clojures 'def' binding is strict and all the referenced vars have to be already defined, otherwise you get:

 Var example/structureDef is unbound.

I'm a clojure newbie, so I don't know exactly how to avoid this. I know only of two workarounds:

 1. use functions:   (defn structure [] (brackets (sepBy (structureDef) (comma))))
 2. use delay:       (def structure (delay (brackets (sepBy structureDef comma))))

I opted for the "delay", as it allowed me to avoid all those spurious parens, and retain the illusion of a parser DSL, and put the "delay" only where needed. (or everywhere
with a "defblabla" macro).

Unfortunately this required a small patch to Brandmeyer's monad library.

## Installation

leim jar

## License