Taking a step back

Johan Tibell johan.tibell at gmail.com
Tue Oct 20 13:59:29 UTC 2015


I'm taking a step back from day-to-day library work.

There are two main reasons I use Haskell: on one hand I find writing
Haskell educational and fun. On the other I hope to make it a viable
alternative to existing mainstream languages. With recent changes to our
core libraries, and the general direction these are moving in, I believe
we're moving away from becoming a viable alternative to those mainstream

This has some practical implications for how I spend my Haskell hacking
time. Much of what I do is maintaining and working on libraries that are
needed for real world usage, but that aren't that interesting to work on.
I've lost the motivation to work on these.

I've decided to take a step back from the core maintenance work on cabal,
network, containers, and a few others* starting now. I've already found
replacement maintainers for these.

I still plan to hack on random side projects, including GHC, and to
continue coming to Haskell events and conference, just with a shorter bug
backlog to worry about. :)

-- Johan Tibell

* For now I will still hack on unordered-containers and ekg, as there are
some things I'd like to experiment with there.
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