I'm mystified by Erik's comment that the inserting calls to parse "makes the type conversion explicit".


I can certainly see that:

parse p "something"

is preferable to

p "something"


However, to me it seems that it makes semantics exlicit rather than type conversion.


Erik hardly seems more likely to be confused here than I am, so I think I'm missing some fundamental alternative way of viewing this.


As I'm writing this I think I'm starting to get it. Using parse makes it explicit that p is a parser. Since applying a parser to a value always returns a value with a type that has the same relationship to the input value's type, using parse makes both the semantics and the type conversions explicit.


Am I understanding this correctly?

If not, I'd appreciate it if someone could expand upon Erik's statements.