[Haskell-cafe] Data.Binary Endianness
bos at serpentine.com
Tue Sep 11 12:16:45 EDT 2007
Jules Bean wrote:
> For these reasons, although it is very cool, I don't think it can be
> recommended as a basis for long-term file format definitions.
Indeed, the authors have never claimed that this is what it's for.
Unfortunately, because the authors haven't *disclaimed* this as a
purpose, people have fairly reasonably assumed that this *is* the intent
of the package.
In conversations with Don and Duncan, they've always been quite clear
that Data.Binary is intended to shovel bits rapidly and with a
reasonable interface. All of the things of which you speak, and more
useful ones such as RTTI and representation of cyclic data, ought to
live in a higher-level library. Said library merely hasn't been written
> (All of the above speaks of the 'high-level' Data.Binary not the
Data.Binary *is* the low-level Data.Binary :-)
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