[Haskell-cafe] Writing binary files?
zednenem at psualum.com
Wed Sep 15 00:20:09 EDT 2004
Glynn Clements writes:
> David Menendez wrote:
> > > I'd like to see the following:
> > >
> > > - Duplicate the IO library. The duplicate should work with [Byte]
> > > everywhere where the old library uses String. Byte is some
> > > suitable unsigned integer, on most (all?) platforms this will be
> > > Word8
> > >
> > > - Provide an explicit conversion between encodings. A simple
> > > conversion of type [Word8] -> String would suit me, iconv would
> > > provide all that is needed.
> > I like this idea, but I say there should be a bit-oriented layer
> > beneath everything.
> The byte stream is inherent, as that's (usually) what the OS gives
> you. Everything else is synthesised.
I was unclear. I meant the bit layer would be beneath everything
conceptually. On today's machines, it would be implemented in terms of a
byte stream and the "conversion" to the byte stream type would get
David Menendez <zednenem at psualum.com> <http://www.eyrie.org/~zednenem/>
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