I have a confession to make.
I recently released two Haskell packages,
lens-family based on my previous blog post and Edward Kmett’s blog post.
However, I never tested this code before releasing it.
By “never tested”, I mean that I am pretty sure that I never once executed any of this code.
I did compile it many times, and I remember once I loaded the modules in ghci in order to type check some expressions to make sure my documentation about the composition laws were correct, but I think that is it.
Worse yet, when I wrote the focus function, I actually had no idea how the function worked. I simply wrote a function that matched the required type. My original definition was the following.
focus l m = StateT $ unwrapMonad . getCompose . l (Compose . WrapMonad . (runStateT m))
All the functions used in this definition are simply
newType wrappers and unwrappers that get compiled away.
I figured that this code was so simple that it could not be wrong.
I have never run it to find out for sure.
Now to be fair, this is a simple library and, more importantly, it is an extremely generic library.
The types are so polymorphic that I conjecture that there is only one way to write functions matching the required types such that all parameters are used non-trivially and recursion is not used.
Furthermore, the interface for this library is based off of the existing
I am not going to argue whether it is good or bad that I have never tested this code. I am just stating for the record that this is the case.