# yall: Lenses with a southern twang

[ bsd3, data, library ] [ Propose Tags ]

Why yet another lens library? First, none of the existing libraries for Lenses were adequate for my needs (specifically for my use of lenses in "pez"). And anyway, why not try to create something novel and better?

Distinguishing features:

• Lenses are parameterized over two Monads (by convention m and w), and look like a -> m (b -> w a, b). this lets us define lenses for sum types, that perform validation, that do IO (e.g. persist data to disk), etc., etc.

• a module Data.Yall.Iso that complements Lens powerfully

• a rich set of category-level class instances (for now from "categories") for Lens and Iso. These along with the pre-defined primitive lenses and combinators give an interface comparable to Arrow

You should import either Data.Yall or Data.Yall.Lens, and optionally Data.Yall.Iso. Data.Yall is a simplified, but mostly-compatible, version of a subset of Data.Yall.Lens.

UPDATE: I have stopped developing this package. Instead you should take a look at and contribute to http://hackage.haskell.org/package/lens

TODOs:

• a module providing template haskell deriving of Lenses

• pre-define lenses for prelude types, State

CHANGES:

• depend on categories >= 1

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