[Haskell-cafe] The Lisp Curse
Vo Minh Thu
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Thu May 19 20:40:35 CEST 2011
2011/5/19 Andrew Coppin <andrewcoppin at btinternet.com>:
> Some of you might have seen this. Here's the short version:
> Lisp is so powerful that it discourages reuse. Why search for and reuse an
> existing implementation, when it's so trivially easy to reimplement exactly
> what you want yourself? The net result is a maze of incompatible libraries
> which each solve a different 80% of the same problem.
> To all the people who look at Hackage, see that there are 6 different
> libraries for processing Unicode text files, and claim that this is somehow
> a *good* thing, I offer the above essay as a counter-example.
So what exactly is the problem on hackage and what do you propose as a solution?
Surely you don't want people to upload a library on hackage only once
it is perfect (nor do you think such a perfect, one-size-fits-all
library might exist)?
I haven't read the provided link but I also guess you don't _really_
mean that the referred packages on hackage were 'so trivially easy to
reimplement', nor that it is not possible to use them together...
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