[Haskell-cafe] What's in a name?

Robert Greayer robgreayer at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 16 11:20:45 EDT 2008

--- On Sat, 8/16/08, Andrew Coppin <andrewcoppin at btinternet.com> wrote:
> > Although it is possible to hide packages by GHC options, we should not
> > do this, because several libraries might use different Hash tables and 
> > it would not be possible to write a program which uses many of these 
> > libraries. It's better to add a distinguishing part to the module 
> > name, like Data.HashTable.Coppin or so.
> This is more the sort of thing I had in mind, yes.

This seems to be a common approach, but it runs counter to the objective of separating 'provenance' from module naming.  'Coppin' is (part of, sans version) the provenance of the hashtable implementation, so I'm not sure how this sort of scheme is better than just shoving the unique prefix at the front of the module, e.g.


Though embedding the provenance down in the hierarchy is a common pattern,  I think it is can be pretty messy.  For example, the Parsec package exposes many modules, including "Text.Parsec.String" and "Text.ParserCombinators.Parsec.Token" -- the provenance appears at different levels in the hierarchy.  If you're going to shove the package name in there, it seems simpler to me to just shove it at the front: Parsec.Text.ParserCombinators.Token.  The package mounting scheme might solve this (though it seems to me that it requires that source for packages be kept around.  I may be wrong).

> (As I already pointed out, there's at least 3 packages called "bianry", > which is just confusing.)

On hackage? I only see one with that the exact name "binary".


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