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1 Lists

In Haskell, lists are what Arrays are in most other languages. Haskell has all of the general list manipulation functions, see also
head [1,2,3]      --> 1
tail [1,2,3]      --> [2,3]
length [1,2,3]    --> 3
init [1,2,3]      --> [1,2]
last [1,2,3]      --> 3

Furthermore, Haskell supports some neat concepts.

1.1 Creating lists

Problem Solution Examples
creating an infinite constant list -
[1..]                  --> [1,1,1,1,...
creating an infinite list -
[1,2..]                --> [1,2,3,4,5,...

1.2 List comprehensions

The list of all squares can also be written in a more comprehensive way, using list comprehensions:

squares = [x*x | x <- [1..]]

List comprehensions allow for constraints as well:

-- multiples of 3 or 5
mults = [ x | x <- [1..], mod x 3 == 0 || mod x 5 == 0 ]

1.3 Combining lists

Problem Solution Examples
combining two lists (++)
"foo" ++ "bar"                  --> "foobar"
combining many lists concat
concat ["foo", "bar", "baz"]    --> "foobarbaz"

1.4 Accessing sublists

Problem Solution Examples
accessing the first element head
head "foo bar baz"      --> 'f'
accessing the last element last
last "foo bar baz"      --> 'z'
accessing the element at a given index (!!)
"foo bar baz" !! 4      --> 'b'
accessing the first n elements take
take 3 "foo bar baz"    --> "foo"
accessing the last n elements reverse , take
reverse . take 3 . reverse $ "foobar"    --> "bar"
accessing the n elements starting from index m drop, take
take 4 $ drop 2 "foo bar baz"            --> "o ba"

1.5 Splitting lists

Problem Solution Examples
splitting a string into a list of words words
words "foo bar\t baz\n"    --> ["foo","bar","baz"]
splitting a list into two parts splitAt
splitAt 3 "foo bar baz"    --> ("foo"," bar baz")

2 Strings

Since strings are lists of characters, you can use any available list function.

2.1 Multiline strings

\bar"               --> "foobar"

2.2 Converting between characters and values

Problem Solution Examples
converting a character to a numeric value ord
import Char
ord 'A'    --> 65
converting a numeric value to a character chr
import Char
chr 99     --> 'c'

2.3 Reversing a string by words or characters

Problem Solution Examples
reversing a string by characters reverse
reverse "foo bar baz"                        --> "zab rab oof"
reversing a string by words words, reverse, unwords
unwords $ reverse $ words "foo bar baz"      --> "baz bar foo"
reversing a string by characters by words words, reverse, map, unwords
unwords $ map reverse $ words "foo bar baz"  --> "oof rab zab"

2.4 Converting case

Problem Solution Examples
converting a character to upper-case toUpper
import Char
toUpper 'a'            --> "A"
converting a character to lower-case toLower
import Char
toLower 'A'            --> "a"
converting a string to upper-case toUpper, map
import Char
map toUpper "Foo Bar"  --> "FOO BAR"
converting a string to lower-case toLower, map
import Char
map toLower "Foo Bar"  --> "foo bar"

2.5 Interpolation


2.6 Performance

For high performance requirements (where you would typically consider C), consider using Data.ByteString.

2.7 Unicode