[Haskell-cafe] Some thoughts about Hackage

Stephen Tetley stephen.tetley at gmail.com
Sat Nov 14 07:21:58 EST 2009

2009/11/14 Felipe Lessa <felipe.lessa at gmail.com>:

> Probably adding markers to the comment area every time a new
> version is added is also a nice idea because a problem in the
> comment are may be corrected.  The marker would serve as a visual
> aid that the comment may be outdated.

It would be nice if you could see a changelog from a package's 'start'
page on the Hackage website.

Otherwise, don't Roel van Dijk's reverse dependencies give some of the
information - i.e. the 'social proof' that a package is used and


As Hackage already has Haddock docs and source-code view, you can
easily scan a project to see if you like the code. Plus, the project's
Hackage start page tracks versions so you can judge the maintained
status of a project (some great packages 'just work' of course and
haven't needed updating e.g. wl-pprint). As the Hackage server builds
projects, you can tell to some degree that a project works or not
(include the usual caveats for Windows and Mac users at this

Slighty of topic - how does a package author remove or at mark least
deprecated their own package?

Best wishes


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