[Haskell-cafe] ANN: "Real World Haskell", now shipping

Andrew Coppin andrewcoppin at btinternet.com
Mon Dec 1 16:59:24 EST 2008

John Goerzen wrote:
> Don Stewart wrote:
>> Very curious. Did you file a bug report with the maintainers of the 30+
>> database packages on hackage?
>> Or did you not have the underlying database drivers installed?
>> Did you make any attempt to contact the authors to determine the cause
>> of your problem?
> Incidentally, with my HDBC maintainer hat on, I can state:
> 1) That I have no Windows development machines myself;
> 2) That Windows people are using HDBC and HDBC-ODBC;
> 3) I actively try to maintain all of my packages in a
> cross-platform-friendly manner (except those that are really tied to one
> platform, such as HSH)
> 4) Windows users actively send me patches if something breaks, and these
> are readily applied.
> I don't think this state of affairs is unique in the Haskell world.
> Some people use Linux, Mac, or Windows as their main development box,
> but pretty much everybody tries to support all platforms.
> Incidentally, Andrew Coppin (CCd on this thread already) is one of those
> that has sent me patches.

OK, now I'm puzzled. I don't remember that! :-}

I recall _trying_ to get a few of the database packages to build (I 
cannot remember which one(s) now - there's so many). In fact, IIRC, I 
even got the "base" package to build, but the driver for my database 
wouldn't build. (I forget why exactly.) In my experience, almost 
*everything* on Hackage consistently fails to build on Windows, so I 
think by this point I'd more or less given up even trying to make things 
build for me. In short, I didn't follow this one very far... At least, 
that's how I remember it. I guess this is where somebody digs up some 
thread on cafe from 3 years ago or something and proves me wrong. :-}

In other news... why the hell does my ISP never deliver any emails to 
cafe originating from Don? They show up in Gmane, but not my inbox... 
how frustrating! (I'd reply to his other email, but I can't because it's 
not in my inbox.)

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