[Haskell-cafe] poll: how can we help you contribute to darcs?

Bit Connor bit at mutantlemon.com
Mon Aug 4 08:50:04 EDT 2008

What about the idea of creating a GUI interface to darcs? I love the
command line as much as the next guy, but I think darcs could really
benefit from a polished GUI. I used tortoise darcs on a small project
a while ago and it was pretty nice, but I think there is potential for
much better.

I think that if darcs had a usable GUI then it would be a great
advantage over other its competitors and it could tremendously
increase its user base.

I have been thinking about making a gtk2hs darcs frontend for a while
now, what does everyone think about this?

On Fri, Aug 1, 2008 at 6:45 PM, Eric Kow <eric.kow at gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Haskellers,
> I would like to take an informal poll for the purposes of darcs
> recruitment.  Could you please complete this sentence for me?
>   "I would contribute to darcs if only..."
> The answers I am most interested in hearing go beyond "... I had more
> time".  For instance, if you are contributing to other Haskell/volunteer
> projects, why are you contributing more to them, rather than darcs?
> The context:
> Lately, darcs has suffered a setback: the GHC team has decided that it
> is now time to switch to a different system, like git or Mercurial.
> This is probably a good thing for GHC and for us.  By the way, good
> luck to them, and thanks for everything! (better GHC == better darcs)
> But where is darcs going?  For now, we are going to have to focus on
> what we do best, providing precision merging and a consistent user
> interface for small-to-medium sized projects.  I want more, though!  I
> want to see darcs 2.1 come out next year, performance enhanced out the
> wazoo, and running great on Windows.  And I want to see Future Darcs,
> the universal revision control system, seamlessly integrating with
> everybody else.
> We need to learn to do better so that darcs can achieve this kind of
> wild success.  For example, whereas darcs suffers from the "day job"
> problem, xmonad has had to turn developers away!
> As Don mentions, this is partly thanks to their extreme accessibility
> (better self-documentation).  But does anyone have more specific ideas
> about things we need to change so that you can contribute to darcs?
> How do we hit critical hacker mass?
> I have jotted down some other thoughts here regarding recruitment here:
>  http://wiki.darcs.net/index.html/Recruitment
> In the meantime, if you have been discouraged from hacking on darcs,
> we want to know why, and how we can change things!
> Thanks,
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