polyvariant / scala-git-markers   0.1.0

Scala versions: 2.12 2.13 3.x
Scala.js versions: 1.x
Scala Native versions: 0.4


The worst Scala library you've seen.

What is this???

This is a realization of a cursed idea based on this tweet and this video.


In sbt:

libraryDependencies += "org.polyvariant" %% "scala-git-markers" % "0.1.0"
// For Scala.js, Scala Native
libraryDependencies += "org.polyvariant" %%% "scala-git-markers" % "0.1.0"
import org.polyvariant.gitmarkers._

Now, whenever you see git's conflict markers, for example:

val example = (
<<<<<<< HEAD
>>>>>>> bar

you might be able to compile your code! Just make sure you define a value for the second ref you're merging (in this case, bar):

val bar = "bar"

now you can do this:

//   Found conflict:
// - First ref: HEAD
//   Value: foo
// - Second ref: bar
//   Value: baz

How does this work???

Scala allows you to define symbolic methods. Additionally, you can add extension methods. The video linked above explains this in more detail.

The desugared form of the conflict above looks similar to this:


the rest is done by this library.


This will only work in certain situations, most likely: whenever the conflict encapsulates a simple:

  • parameter of a function, or
  • expression in parentheses, or
  • free-standing expression/statement in Scala 3 or under -Xsource:3 in Scala 2.13.