[Haskell-cafe] [haskell-cafe] Some reflections on Haskell
wren ng thornton
wren at freegeek.org
Fri Feb 17 20:31:59 CET 2012
On 2/14/12 11:41 AM, Bardur Arantsson wrote:
> On 02/14/2012 04:13 PM, Doug McIlroy wrote:
>> Nevertheless, I share Jardine's concern about the central problem.
>> It is hard to find one's way in this ecosystem. It needn't be,
>> as Java illustrates.
> As a professional Java developer this sounds really strange, but maybe I
> just haven't found it yet.
> Do you mean to suggest that it's easy to choose between e.g. Spring,
> Guice, etc., the umpteen OSGi containers, the several logging
> frameworks, etc. etc. etc.?
I'm not sure I'd call myself a "professional" Java programmer ---though
I've been paid for writing Java on numerous occasions--- but I'm with
The JavaDocs for the built-in libraries that come with Java are indeed
excellent. However, once you move out of the built-in ecosystem and
start using other people's projects, the quality of documentation
degenerates rapidly. I can't recall how many opensource projects I've
used for which the only thing provided by JavaDoc is the type signatures
it could scrape off the code.
While the documentation of Hackage projects could certainly be improved,
on the whole I find it's much better than what you get from non-core
packages for Java. The one big thing I think Hackage needs is better
top-level organization. Right now it's hard to browse and find new
packages for some topic you're interested in, in part because we're
blessed with so many packages, and in part because some packages are
properly considered as a group (e.g., Yesod, Kmett's replacement for
category-extras,...) but this isn't well-captured by the current system.
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