[Haskell-cafe] Hackage Package Discoverability

Myles C. Maxfield myles.maxfield at gmail.com
Tue Oct 23 09:41:28 CEST 2012

The last revision of the encoding package ( was uploaded 6
days ago, so it's certainly not old. The package is also not
unwieldly: the functions (runPut . encode punycode) and (runGet
(decode punycode)) are equivalent to my 'encode' and 'decode'
functions. In addition, it supports many more kinds of encodings and
is much more general than my little library. In addition, it is much
more flexible because of its use of ByteSource and ByteSink. It seems
like a hands-down win to me.

I've CC'ed the maintainer of the encoding package; maybe he can better
reply about the encoding library.

On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 11:14 PM, Bryan O'Sullivan <bos at serpentine.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 5:53 AM, Myles C. Maxfield <myles.maxfield at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am the author/maintainer of the 'punycode' hackage package. After 4 months, I just found that punycode conversion already exists in the Data.Encoding.BootString package inside the 'encoding' package. I'd like to deprecate my package in favor of the 'encoding' package.
> Please don't plan to do that. The encoding package may have filled a gap at some point, but now it looks old, unwieldy, inefficient (String), and weird (implicit parameters?) to me, and it's mostly obsolete (the standard I/O library has supported Unicode and encodings for a while now). I would not use the encodings package myself, for instance.
> Your punycode package, in contrast, has a simple API and looks easy to use. I'd suggest that you supprt the Text type as well as String, but otherwise please keep it around and maintain it.

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