The ghc-vis package
Visualize live data structures in GHCi. Evaluation is not forced and you can interact with the visualized data structures. This allows seeing Haskell's lazy evaluation and sharing in action.
To use this package add the accompanying ghci file to your .ghci like this:
echo ":script $HOME/.cabal/share/ghc-vis-0.1/ghci" >> ~/.ghci
Now you can run ghci and experiment with ghc-vis. Start the visualization:
$ ghci GHCi, version 7.4.2: http://www.haskell.org/ghc/ :? for help > :vis
A blank window should appear now. This is the visualization window. Add an expression to the visualization:
> let a = [1..3] > :view a > let b = cycle a > :view b > :view "foo" ++ "bar"
Functions are red, named objects are green and links to an already shown object are blue.
Notice how a is referenced by b.
Evaluate an object that is shown in the visualization. You can also click on the object to evaluate it.
> :eval t1
The first element of b has been evaluated. We see that it's a reference to the value that's also referenced in a, as they share the same name t0.
Switch between the list view and the graph view:
When an object is updated by accessing it, you have to call :update to refresh the visualization window. You can also click on an object to force an update:
> a !! 2 3 > :update
Clear the visualization window, this also happens when you :load or :reload a source file:
|Versions||0.1, 0.2, 0.2.1, 0.3, 0.3.1, 0.3.1.1, 0.3.2, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.6.1, 0.6.1.1, 0.7, 0.7.0.1, 0.7.1|
|Dependencies||base (4.5.*), cairo, deepseq, fgl, ghc-heap-view (≥0.3), graphviz, gtk, mtl, text, xdot|
|Copyright||Dennis Felsing 2012|
|Author||Dennis Felsing <email@example.com>|
|Maintainer||Dennis Felsing <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Category||GHC, Debug, Development|
|Upload date||Thu Aug 30 13:08:21 UTC 2012|