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Haskell client driver for RethinkDB

It differs from the other driver (rethinkdb) in that it uses advanced Haskell magic to properly type the terms, queries and responses.

Structure and usage

The library exposes a single module, Database.RethinkDB. There should be very little which can conflict with other code, so you should be able to import it unqualified.

To be able to run expressions on the server, you first have to create a handle, this you can do with newHandle. Currently it always connects to "localhost" and the default RethinkDB client driver port.

Expressions have the type Exp a, where the a denotes the result you would get when you run the expression. You can use lift to lift many basic Haskell types (Double, Text, Bool) and certain functions (unary and binary) into RethinkDB expressions.

RethinkDB uses JSON for encoding on the protocol level, but certain types (eg. time) have non-standard encoding. This is why the driver uses a separate type class (FromRSON / ToRSON) to describe types which can be sent over the wire.


Add two numbers, one and two. Here we lift the addition function and its arguments into Exp, and then use call2 to call it.

h <- newHandle
res <- run h $ call2 (lift (+)) (lift 1) (lift 2)
print res
-- Should print 'Right 3.0'

Get all objects in a table.

h <- newHandle
Right sequence <- run h $ Table "test"
objs <- collect h sequence
-- objs is now a 'Vector' of all objects in the test table.
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