[Haskell-cafe] Most used functions in hackage

Casey Basichis caseybasichis at gmail.com
Tue Jan 29 09:23:34 CET 2013

Hi Dmitry,

Thanks for the links.  I've been through the 24 Days of Hackage, but I
think its time to run through them again now that I'm a little more
familiar with everything.

Why do you think browsing function by function is a bad idea?  It seems
that knowing exactly what the most used functions are would be an extremely
effective way of finding both which parts of the Prelude and Hackage are
most broadly useful (instead of browsing them like a phonebook) and also
finding support from the community as the most commonly used functions
would likely be the easiest to find support for.

I guess what I'm looking for doesn't exist, which is what it is.  I'm just
interested in why it's not an ideal way to take in Haskell, starting with
the common and moving to the to rare.


On Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 11:57 PM, Dmitry Vyal <akamaus at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 01/29/2013 11:21 AM, Casey Basichis wrote:
>> Is there any link that counts the use of all functions in all packages in
>> Hackage and lists them by frequency or by other stats?
>> I'm still new to haskell but I've been working my way through tons and
>> tons of tutorials and books. It would be very helpful to target in on the
>> current reality of the most critical functions.
>>  Hello Casey,
> You can use Hoogle http://www.haskell.org/hoogle/ to get information
> about a particular function or to find a function by a part of it's
> signature.
> While it's helpful to carefully study some basic modules like Prelude
> function by function, I don't think it's a good approach in general. I
> suggest you to look for reviews of popular modules. Personally, I found "24
> days of hackage" http://ocharles.org.uk/blog/ to be quite informative. I
> wouldn't argue it's a best source for a beginner, but at least it gives
> quite a broad perspective.
> Best regards,
> Dmitry

Casey James Basichis
Composer - Cartoon Network
caseybasichis at gmail.com
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