Taking a step back

Christopher Allen cma at bitemyapp.com
Tue Oct 20 16:26:04 UTC 2015

Thank you for your contributions to the Haskell community. Your work has
done a lot, especially for working Haskell programmers like myself and my
coworkers. I'm also grateful that you're willing to continue moving the
ball forward with unordered-containers and ekg.

You didn't mention it explicitly, but what about maintainership of Cassava?
I have a soft-spot for that library which I've explained in this Github
issue[1] and I'd like the library to get the love & attention I think it

Hoping you'll reconsider your appraisal of Haskell in the future, but if
you're not having fun, no reason to suffer.


[1]: https://github.com/tibbe/cassava/issues/101

On Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 8:59 AM, Johan Tibell <johan.tibell at gmail.com>

> Friends,
> 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
> languages.
> 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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Chris Allen
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