RefSerialize: Write to and read from Strings maintaining internal memory references

[ bsd3, data, database, library, parsing ] [ Propose Tags ]

Read, Show and Data.Binary do not check for internal data references to the same address. As a result, the data is duplicated when serialized. This is a waste of space in the filesystem and also a waste of serialization time. but the worst consequence is that, when the serialized data is read, it allocates multiple copies for the same object when referenced multiple times. Because multiple referenced data is very typical in a pure language such is Haskell, this means that the resulting data loose the beatiful economy of space and processing time that referential transparency permits.

Every instance of Show/Read can be an instance of Data.RefSerialize.

This package allows the serialization and deserialization of large data structures without duplication of data, with the result of optimized performance and memory usage. Since the serialized data is also human readable, It is also useful for debugging purposes.

The deserializer contains a subset of Parsec.Token for defining deserializing parsers.

the serialized string has the form:

expr( var1, ...varn) where  var1=value1,..valn=valueN

so that the string can agree with the haskell syntax.

See demo.hs and tutorial.

in this release:

Versions [faq] 0.2, 0.2.1, 0.2.2, 0.2.3, 0.2.4, 0.2.5, 0.2.6, 0.2.7, 0.2.8,,,,,,,,, 0.4.0
Dependencies base (==4.*), binary, bytestring, containers [details]
License BSD-3-Clause
Author Alberto Gómez Corona
Category Parsing, Data, Database
Uploaded by AlbertoCorona at Wed Nov 23 19:43:00 UTC 2011
Distributions LTSHaskell:0.4.0, NixOS:0.4.0, Stackage:0.4.0
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