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fakedata

This library is a port of Ruby's faker. It's a library for producing fake data such as names, addressess and phone numbers. Note that it directly uses the source data from that library, so the quality of fake data is quite high!

Tutorial

Generating address

~/g/fakedata (master) $ stack ghci
λ> import Faker.Address
λ> address <- generate fullAddress
λ> address
"Suite 153 153 Langosh Way, East Antony, MI 15342-5123"

Generating name

λ> fullName <- generate name
λ> fullName
"Antony Langosh"

Generate quotes from the movie Back to the Future

λ> import Faker.Movie.BackToTheFuture
λ> import Faker.Combinators
λ> qs <- generate $ listOf 5 quote
λ> qs
[ "Yes. Yes. I'm George. George McFly. I'm your density. I mean, your destiny."
, "Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Huh? Think, McFly. Think! I gotta have time to get them retyped. Do you realize what would happen if I hand in my reports in your handwriting? I'll get fired. You wouldn't want that to happen, would ya? Would ya?"
, "Lorraine. My density has brought me to you."
, "See you in about 30 years."
, "You really think I ought to swear?"
]

Combining Fake datas

{-#LANGUAGE RecordWildCards#-}

import Faker
import Faker.Name
import Faker.Address
import Data.Text

data Person = Person {
    personName :: Text,
    personAddress :: Text
} deriving (Show, Eq)

fakePerson :: Fake Person
fakePerson = do
    personName <- name
    personAddress <- fullAddress
    pure $ Person{..}

main :: IO ()
main = do
    person <- generate fakePerson
    print person

And on executing them:

$ stack name.hs
Person
  { personName = "Antony Langosh"
  , personAddress = "Suite 599 599 Brakus Flat, South Mason, MT 59962-6876"
  }

You would have noticed in the above output that the name and address are the same as generated before in the GHCi REPL. That's because, by default all the generated data are deterministic. If you want a different set of output each time, you would have to modify the random generator output:

main :: IO ()
main = do
    gen <- newStdGen
    let settings = setRandomGen gen defaultFakerSettings
    person <- generateWithSettings settings fakePerson
    print person

And on executing the program, you will get a different output:

Person
  { personName = "Ned Effertz Sr."
  , personAddress = "Suite 158 1580 Schulist Mall, Schulistburgh, NY 15804-3392"
  }

The above program can be even minimized like this:

main :: IO ()
main = do
    let settings = setNonDeterministic defaultFakerSettings
    person <- generateWithSettings settings fakePerson
    print person

Combinators

listOf

λ> import Faker.Address
λ> item <- generate $ listOf 5 country
λ> item
["Ecuador","French Guiana","Faroe Islands","Canada","Armenia"]

oneOf

λ> item <- generate $ oneof [country, fullAddress]
λ> item
"Suite 599 599 Brakus Flat, South Mason, MT 59962-6876"

suchThat

λ> import qualified Faker.Address as AD
λ> item :: Text <- generate $ suchThat AD.country (\x -> (T.length x > 5))
λ> item
"Ecuador"
λ> item :: Text <- generate $ suchThat AD.country (\x -> (T.length x > 8))
λ> item
"French Guiana"

For seeing the full list of combinators, see the module documentation of Faker.Combinators.

Reading Haddock Documentation

There are two kind of modules provided by the library:

  • Faker.Provider.* : You most likely don't want to use them or read them. They are internally used by the library.
  • Faker.<Entity> : Here Entity refers to an generic object like Book, Movie etc. This is the module you should be interested to look upon.

Comparision with other libraries

There are two other libraries in the Hackage providing fake data:

The problem (for me) with both the above libraries is that the library covers only a very small amount of fake data source. I wanted to have an equivalent functionality with something like faker. Also, most of the combinators in this packages has been inspired (read as taken) from the fake library.

Acknowledgments

Benjamin Curtis for his Ruby faker library from which the data source is taken from.

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