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re: Just by a quick glance I'd say that your pluralise method isn't fed the proper number. It should be (n+1) to get the remaning length I guess. I'...
 

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That's partially correct. There's one more thing you missed.

 

it lacks a space here too

... String.fromInt (n+1) ++ pluralize n ...

here you'll get something like 1elements instead of 1 elements

to be honest I'd rather use something like elm-string-interpolate to avoid having to think of these string concatenations :)

it lacks a space here too

precisely

to be honest I'd rather use something like elm-string-interpolate to avoid having to think of these string concatenations

I won't add a dependency just for that. But, the way I wrote it did lead to a subtle bug so maybe doing it in the following way would have been clearer:

String.join " "
  [ "List too short by"
  , String.fromInt (n+1)
  , pluralize (n+1) "element" "elements"
  ]

I would add a deps for this :D it's just in my test-deps, besides it might be useful in the rest of your app. I mean in the front-end we often have to show text with some values that we fetch from different places: using an utility or making your own to get that type of code:

"List too short by {} element{}" |> interpolate [ String.fromInt (n+1), pluralize (n+1) "" "s"]  

furthermore, I'd actually make a interpolate function that takes a list of a custom type:

1st define a type like this:

type InterpolationValue a
    = IntValue Int
    | StringValue String
    | CurrencyValue Float 
    | ... 
    | CustomValue (a -> String) a

this way my interpolate function would look like this:

interpolate: List InterpolationValue -> String -> String

then I think my code would be much easier to read and also potentially much easier to i18nize it later on :)

But that's again just a matter of personal taste!

To be clear, I really meant that in this project that I'm working on I won't add a dependency for it. Since this particular function, nthElement, is quite insignificant.

However, I do agree that if I'm working on a project where I am doing a lot of this sort of stuff then abstracting the task will have its benefits.

This discussion reminds me of Formatting in Haskell. Which I first came across in "Related Work" in url's README.

Sorry I didn't mean to come across aggressive or arogant :)

the formatting article is an interesting read! thanks for the link.

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