[Haskell-cafe] Re: Hoogle and Network.Socket
John A. De Goes
john at n-brain.net
Wed Feb 25 19:54:02 EST 2009
It's a chicken-egg thing. A Linux or OS X developer tries Haskell and
finds he can write useful programs right away, with a minimum of fuss.
But a Windows user tries Haskell and finds he has access to very few
of the really good libraries, and even the cross-platform libraries
won't build without substantial effort. As a result, I bet it's easier
for a Linux or OS X developer to like Haskell than a Windows developer.
I use OS X exclusively myself, but I'll ensure my first published
Haskell library is cross-platform compatible, because I think it's
good for the community. The more people using Haskell, the more
libraries that will be written, the more bugs that will be fixed, the
more creativity that will be poured into development of libraries and
the language itself.
John A. De Goes
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On Feb 25, 2009, at 5:29 PM, Achim Schneider wrote:
> John Lato <jwlato at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I really don't see anything wrong with using Hoogle to increase
>> awareness (although I would appreciate it if platform-specific
>> packages were searched as an option).
> You won't hear me argue against it, in fact, I argued in favour of it.
> Increasing awareness of cross-platform solutions, as well as providing
> them, is a very different thing than demanding cross-platform support.
> If 80% of all computer users use Windows, there shouldn't be any
> problems recruiting a decent number of volunteers to care about
> Haskell's Windoze support, should there?
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