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Fleshing out a new design for Generic1 that doesn't use Functor contexts for derived instances, but rather Coercible.
{-# LANGUAGE DataKinds #-}
{-# LANGUAGE StandaloneDeriving #-}
{-# LANGUAGE TypeFamilies #-}
{-# LANGUAGE TypeOperators #-}
{-# LANGUAGE UndecidableInstances #-}
-- | Fleshing out a new design for Generic1 that doesn't use Functor contexts
-- for derived instances, but rather Coercible. Why would we want this?
-- Consider this derived Generic1 instance:
-- data T f a = T (f [a]) deriving Generic1
-- ==>
-- instance Functor f => Generic1 (T f a) where
-- type Rep1 (T f) =
-- D1 ('MetaData "T" "module" "package" 'True)
-- (C1 ('MetaCons "T" 'PrefixI 'False)
-- (S1 ('MetaSel 'Nothing 'NoSourceUnpackedness 'NoSourceStrictness 'DecidedLazy)
-- (f :.: Rec [])))
-- from1 (T x) = M1 (M1 (M1 (Comp1 (fmap Rec1 x))))
-- to1 (M1 (M1 (M1 x))) = T (fmap unRec1 (unComp1 x))
-- This is unsavory for two reasons:
-- 1. This requires that f be a Functor. This completely rules out some types
-- that we might want to use here.
-- 2. Moreover, it's inefficient! We're fmapping into a type just to run Rec1
-- and unRec1 (i.e., to wrap and unwrap a newtype).
-- Using Coercible instead of Functor resolves these two issues. Coercible
-- instances are autogenerated, so we don't need to worry about a type being
-- a Functor instance. And obviously, it's far more efficient to use coerce
-- than fmap.
module NewGenerics where
import Data.Coerce
import Data.Type.Coercion
import GHC.Generics
import NewGenericsAbstract
-- We don't have quantified contexts, so we'll fake them with this class.
class Representational f where
rep :: Coercible a b => Coercion (f a) (f b)
data T f a = T (f [a])
deriving instance Show (f [a]) => Show (T f a)
-- In the language of -XQuantifiedContexts, this would be:
-- instance (forall a. Coercible (f [a]) (f (Rec1 [] a))) => Generic1 (T f) where ...
-- If we wanted to be less ad hoc, we could generalize this to:
-- instance (forall a. Coercible a b => Coercible (f a) (f b)) => Generic (T f) where ...
-- But this would require -XImplicationConstraints in addition to -XQuantifiedContexts.
instance Representational f => Generic1 (T f) where
type Rep1 (T f) =
D1 ('MetaData "T" "module" "package" 'True)
(C1 ('MetaCons "T" 'PrefixI 'False)
(S1 ('MetaSel 'Nothing 'NoSourceUnpackedness 'NoSourceStrictness 'DecidedLazy)
(f :.: Rec1 [])))
from1 (T x) = M1 (M1 (M1 (Comp1 (coerceWith rep x))))
to1 (M1 (M1 (M1 x))) = T (coerceWith rep (unComp1 x))
roundtrip :: Representational f => T f a -> T f a
roundtrip = to1 . from1
instance Representational Maybe where
rep = Coercion
-- This works for your favorite types...
roundtripMaybe :: T Maybe a -> T Maybe a
roundtripMaybe = roundtrip
instance Representational Abstract where
rep = Coercion
-- ...and it works for abstract types! That is, abstract types whose type parameter's
-- role is either representational or phantom.
-- It wouldn't work for abstract types whose parameter's role is nominal, but then
-- again, such a datatype shouldn't have a Functor instance anyways, so we're
-- not losing anything here.
roundtripAbstract :: T Abstract a -> T Abstract a
roundtripAbstract = roundtrip
newtype NotAFunctor a = NotAFunctor (a -> Int)
instance Representational NotAFunctor where
rep = Coercion
-- Most importantly, it works for things that aren't Functor instances.
roundtripNotAFunctor :: T NotAFunctor a -> T NotAFunctor a
roundtripNotAFunctor = roundtrip
{-# LANGUAGE DeriveFunctor #-}
{-# LANGUAGE RoleAnnotations #-}
-- | A simple abstract type
module NewGenericsAbstract (Abstract) where
data Abstract a = Abstract a
deriving (Functor, Show)

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@glguy glguy commented Jun 6, 2017

{-# Language TypeOperators #-}
module Demo where

import GHC.Generics
import Data.Coerce
import Data.Type.Coercion

data T f a = T (f [a])

class Representational f where
  repWith :: Coercion a b -> Coercion (f a) (f b)

instance Representational [] where
  repWith Coercion = Coercion

from1 :: Representational f => T f a -> (f :.: [] :.: Par1) a
from1 (T x) = Comp1 (coerceWith (repWith Coercion) x)

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@RyanGlScott RyanGlScott commented Mar 3, 2018

For a modern version of this gist (using proper QuantifiedConstraints), see

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