[Haskell-cafe] Anyone up for Google SoC 2010?

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at gmail.com
Fri Feb 5 12:48:36 EST 2010

On Fri, Feb 5, 2010 at 6:20 AM, Sittampalam, Ganesh
<ganesh.sittampalam at credit-suisse.com> wrote:
> Gwern Branwen wrote:
>> On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 8:14 PM, Henk-Jan van Tuyl <hjgtuyl at chello.nl>
>> wrote:
>>> On Wed, 03 Feb 2010 23:34:34 +0100, Neil Mitchell
>>> <ndmitchell at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Hi Gwern,
>>>> Please update: "haskell-src-exts -> haskell-src" **Unknown**
>>>> This project was an unqualified success.  haskell-src-exts is now
>>>> one
>>>> of the most commonly used Haskell libraries, achieved the goals in
>>>> the project proposal, and is an essential piece of Haskell
>>>> infrastructure.
>>> You can see this using Roel van Dijk's reversed dependencies
>>> overview [1]: 23 direct and 57 indirect dependencies on
>>> haskell-src-exts-1.8.0
>>> Regards,
>>> Henk-Jan van Tuyl
>> And how many of those used haskell-src-exts *before* the SoC project?
>> And would have used it regardless? You can't point to a popular
>> project which got a SoC student, and say look at how popular it is -
>> obviously the SoC student was hugely successful.
> Regardless of that, is there any reason to disregard Neil's summary and not update your page?
> Ganesh

I prefer to wait. haskell-src-exts was popular before, it was popular
after. The question is not whether the patches were applied, or
whether the mentor told Google it was successful, but whether it was
the best possible use of the SoC slot. If features do not get used,
then it wasn't a good SoC. If you know 3 or 4 uses of the new
haskell-src-exts features in (relatively) major applications like
hlint, then I'll concede the point and mark it a success.


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