genericserialize: Serialization library using Data.Generics

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GenericSerialize is a library for serialization using the existing generic-programming framework.

It is often advocated that support for serialization should be added to the compiler (e.g. in the form of a deriving(Binary)). With this I intend to show that the existing infrastructure is sufficient, and has some advantages over a dedicated serialization interface.

The main advantage that generic serialization posseses is that it is possible to simultaneously have several serialization modes. While interfaces such as AltBinary allow writing to any type of stream, the data format is fixed. By contrast, GenericSerialize supports multiple serialization modes; while the only currently existing module is for a subset of R5RS s-expressions, that module is less than 100 lines of code and is almost pure grammar.

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Versions [RSS] 0.1
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License BSD-3-Clause
Author Stefan O'Rear
Maintainer Stefan O'Rear <>
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Uploaded by GwernBranwen at 2008-03-16T04:51:45Z
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Readme for genericserialize-0.1

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This is genericserialize, a library of functions using the "Scrap your
boilerplate" framework to serialize arbitrary data.

Basic usage:

*Data.Generics.Serialization.SExp> buildList (sexpSerialize (True,False))
"(~l,~r #t #f)"
*Data.Generics.Serialization.SExp> buildList (sexpSerialize [True,False])
"(#t #f)"
*Data.Generics.Serialization.SExp> buildList (sexpSerialize (Just "help"))
"(Just \"help\")"
*Data.Generics.Serialization.SExp> withList (sexpDeserialize) "(#t #f)" :: Maybe [Bool]
Just [True,False]
*Data.Generics.Serialization.SExp> withList (sexpDeserialize) "(Just \"f\\oo\")" :: Maybe (Maybe Bool)
*Data.Generics.Serialization.SExp> withList (sexpDeserialize) "(Just \"f\\oo\")" :: Maybe (Maybe String)
Just (Just "foo")