[Haskell-cafe] Re: cabal-install profiling libraries

Jason Dagit dagit at codersbase.com
Fri Aug 20 18:38:27 EDT 2010

On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 7:14 AM, Johan Tibell <johan.tibell at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 4:07 PM, Johannes Waldmann <
> waldmann at imn.htwk-leipzig.de> wrote:
>> Of course I understand "lack of developer time".
>> Could any of this be forked out as student projects?
> These kind of projects are perfect for Google Summer of Code. We had two
> Cabal projects this year (Hackage 2 and unit testing support).
> The next GSoC is quite far in the future (9 months or so) but if we created
> some well written proposals for Cabal features we'd like to see implemented
> well in time for next year's GSoC we could get some students to work on
> them.

I would like to encourage this workflow.  Plan the writeup, project
specification and whatnot, as if you we are going to get GSoC students to do
the work.  In the best case, someone (anyone whether they are a GSoC student
or not) comes along and says, "Oh, what a well written proposal.  I'll go
implement it!"  In the worst case we never find anyone to implement the
proposal, but this is the open source world and if something is really
valuable someone usually comes by to implement it.

On the downside, sometimes it's harder to specify in a document format the
correct behavior / implementation of such features than actually
implementing them.

Eventually these documents could even help future generations of cabal devs
understand why things are the way they are.

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