[Haskell-cafe] Re: APIs (was: Unexported functions are evil)

Graham Klyne gk at ninebynine.org
Thu May 19 05:59:35 EDT 2005

At 19:39 18/05/05 -0400, ajb at spamcop.net wrote:
>G'day all.
>Quoting Graham Klyne <GK at ninebynine.org>:
> > I think you raise an important point.  Reading this, I realize that I have
> > no principled basis for deciding what makes a good API, in any language.
>Me neither.  Though I have short reading list.
>First off, this series of articles by Ken Arnold.  They are a bit Java-
>centric, but it's all good:
>     http://www.artima.com/intv/perfect.html
>     http://www.artima.com/intv/taste.html
>     http://www.artima.com/intv/distrib.html
>     http://www.artima.com/intv/sway.html
>     http://www.artima.com/intv/decouple.html
>     http://www.artima.com/intv/issues.html

Looks interesting.  Thanks.

>Some of the modern C++ books like "Modern C++ Design" and "Generative
>Programming" are worth a skim in lieu of a decent book on how to deal
>with true parametric polymorphism and typeclasses.

In a similar vein, I think Martin Fowler's book on refactoring has some 
interesting insights.


Graham Klyne
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