[Haskell-cafe] Channel9 Interview: Software Composability and theFu ture of Languages

Joe Re jre2 at uiuc.edu
Tue Jan 30 22:09:06 EST 2007

[I apologize for odd quoting, but I dislike sending html emails]
"I do like the idea of developing a table of contents first and backfilling
it, though.  I would amend the process, however, to avoid the WikiBloat that
seems to inevitably follow when documentation projects get too open.
Instead of Wikifying it, I'd suggest instead that a "call for proposals" be
put on the mailing list.  "I'm working on a chapter dealing with database
programming.  I need to know how to do <insert whatever> in Haskell.  Could
anybody interested in helping please submit some commented, functioning code
for possible inclusion?"  Then the submissions could be made by email (and
possibly even discussed on-list) and the editor/author of the book can take
an executive decision and choose one if there are competing camps."

Instead of having someone work in solitude with occasional mailings back and
forth on the list, I would rather have an open wiki for the collection of
ideas from everyone.  Then, if you really wanted, a single person can use
those to create an 'editor edition' page that is only editable by them.
Best of both worlds, or do you see it differently?

Joe Re
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