[Haskell-cafe] Re: Howto start a bigger project

Stian H. Johannesen stian at gressugle.com
Mon Nov 16 20:14:49 EST 2009

Why not just create a wiki?

- S

On 17.11.2009 01:54, Günther Schmidt wrote:
> Hi James,
> it's still very very far away from even a single line of code. I'd 
> need a medium to lay this out first and discuss the idea. I'd normaly 
> use this list, but I think it's a bit too volatile a medium for that. 
> Most of the time I'm unable to find the threads I was interested in 
> ever again, or with a great deal of pain.
> The *project* at this stage is academic / R & D in nature.
> Günther
> Am 17.11.2009, 00:58 Uhr, schrieb James Britt <james at neurogami.com>:
>> Günther Schmidt wrote:
>> > Hi all,
>> >
>> > I'm stuck with a problem where I need serious help from other
>> > haskellers, in particular those that participate here on this list. 
>> It's
>> > a rather big project and I will need to set it up in an organized way,
>> > something with a blog, web page or other means.
>> >
>> > I tried to solve it by myself while asking the occasional question 
>> here
>> > but that turned out to be ineefective. The problem as such is 
>> certainly
>> > of interest for just about any programmer who is using Haskell for 
>> real
>> > world programming too.
>> >
>> > In short, to get started I'd appreciate some tips how to set this up.
>> Create a project on github.com.  It makes it dead easy for people to 
>> try out code and submit patches.
>> Do enough work so that the code is useful, even if the implementation 
>> is crap.
>> In fact, a crappy implementation may be a good thing; it makes it 
>> easier for people to find something to contribute.  And then they 
>> feel a part of the project.
>> Version 0.0.1 has to work right out of the box, be easy to install, 
>> be stupid obvious to use, and have non-zero value.  Promises mean 
>> nothing.
>> So, in practice, you need to start a really small project that could 
>> maybe become big but doesn't have to in order to be valuable right now.
>> I've ended up as a committer on more than a few projects because the 
>> code  solved a real problem in a simple and good enough way that I 
>> did not feel the need to go roll my own.  And when I encountered a 
>> bug or wanted a feature, it was easy to contribute.
>> But, key to all this, is getting people to feel they have a vested 
>> interest in the project succeeding, and that can be tricky.
>> James
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