[Haskell-cafe] Data.Binary Endianness

Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH allbery at ece.cmu.edu
Tue Sep 11 08:09:35 EDT 2007

On Sep 11, 2007, at 7:01 , Jules Bean wrote:

> The actual format used by Data.Binary is not explicitly described  
> in any standard (although in most cases it's moderately obvious,  
> and anyone can read the code), and it's not formally guaranteed  
> that it will never change in a later version (although the  
> maintainers will no doubt try very hard to ensure it doesn't); nor  
> does it contain any automatic support for version-stamping to  
> ensure backwards compatibility in the face of later unlooked-for  
> format changes.

I will just point out that, while this is one extreme, the other  
extreme is ASN.1.  I think we want to walk the middle path instead....

brandon s. allbery [solaris,freebsd,perl,pugs,haskell] allbery at kf8nh.com
system administrator [openafs,heimdal,too many hats] allbery at ece.cmu.edu
electrical and computer engineering, carnegie mellon university    KF8NH

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