typelevel / shapeless-contrib

Interoperability libraries for Shapeless

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Interoperability libraries for Shapeless

Build Status


This library is currently available for Scala 2.10, 2.11, and 2.12.

To use the latest version, include the following in your build.sbt:

libraryDependencies ++= Seq(
  "org.typelevel" %% "shapeless-scalacheck" % "0.6.1",
  "org.typelevel" %% "shapeless-spire" % "0.6.1",
  "org.typelevel" %% "shapeless-scalaz" % "0.6.1"

What does this library do?

shapeless-contrib aims to provide smooth interoperability between Shapeless, and Spire. The most prominent feature is automatic derivation of type class instances for case classes, but there is more. If you've got a cool idea for more stuff, please open an issue.


Derive type classes

Consider a simple case class with an addition operation:

case class Vector3(x: Int, y: Int, z: Int) {
  def +(other: Vector3) = Vector3(this.x + other.x, this.y + other.y, this.z + other.z)

If we want to use that in a generic setting, e.g. in an algorithm which requires a Monoid, we can define an instance for spire.algebra.Monoid like so:

implicit object Vector3Monoid extends Monoid[Vector3] {
  def id = Vector3(0, 0, 0)
  def op(x: Vector3, y: Vector3) = x + y

This will work nicely for that particular case. However, it requires repetition: addition on Vector3 is just pointwise addition of its elements, and the null vector consists of three zeroes. We do not want to repeat that sort of code for all our case classes, and want to derive that automatically. Luckily, this library provides exactly that:

import spire.implicits._
import shapeless.contrib.spire._

// Define the `Vector3` case class without any operations
case class Vector3(x: Int, y: Int, z: Int)

// That's it! `Vector3` is an `AdditiveMonoid` now.
Vector3(1, 2, 3) + Vector3(-1, 3, 0)