[Haskell-cafe] Bytestrings vs String? parameters within package names?

John Goerzen jgoerzen at complete.org
Tue Feb 3 10:41:38 EST 2009

Marc Weber wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 02, 2009 at 10:41:57PM -0500, wren ng thornton wrote:
>>  Marc Weber wrote:
>>> Should there be two versions?
>>> hslogger-bytestring and hslogger-string?
>>  I'd just stick with one (with a module for hiding the conversions, as 
>>  desired). Duplicating the code introduces too much room for maintenance and 
>>  compatibility issues.
>>  That's the big thing. The more people that use ByteStrings the less need 
>>  there is to convert when combining libraries. That said, ByteStrings aren't 
>>  a panacea; lists and laziness are very useful.
> Hi wren,
> In the second paragraph you agree that there will be less onversion when
> using only one type of strings.

Incidentally, I already wrote a library that abstracts the difference
between a String and a ByteString: ListLike.

I don't think anybody, including me, even uses it now.  Turns out that's
not all that helpful an abstraction to make ;-)

-- John

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