"Modularizing GHC" paper

Eric Crockett ecrockett0 at gmail.com
Wed May 4 14:33:57 UTC 2022

I am very happy to see this paper. It was an enjoyable read, and accessible
to non-experts such as myself. I appreciated the effort spent on research,
and was even happier to see that you have started implementing these
suggestions and have a plan going forward. Technical debt is a hard thing
to overcome, especially in the face of a rapidly evolving language.

This paper resonates with me as both a user and one-time (as in a single
time🙂) developer of GHC. As a user, I’ve run into issues related to the
debts you discuss. I also tried to fix a GHC bug, and remember being
overwhelmed by DynFlags.

I applaud your efforts. Thank you for this service to the Haskell community.

Eric Crockett

On Wed, May 4, 2022 at 3:51 AM Sylvain Henry <sylvain at haskus.fr> wrote:

> Hi GHC devs,
> With John Ericson and Jeffrey Young we wrote a paper about the
> modularization of GHC. It gives a global picture for the refactorings we
> have been performing (c.f. e.g. #17957) and some potential future ones.
> Announce blog post:
> https://hsyl20.fr/home/posts/2022-05-03-modularizing-ghc-paper.html
> Paper: https://hsyl20.fr/home/files/papers/2022-ghc-modularity.pdf
> Discussion on Reddit:
> https://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/uhdu4l/modularizing_ghc_paper/
> We welcome any feedback, here or on reddit.
> Cheers,
> Sylvain
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