[Haskell-cafe] idea: ratings (or maybe comments) for packages in hackage

adam vogt vogt.adam at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 20:14:06 UTC 2013

Hi Omer,

There is such content in the haskell wiki. For example there is
something here <http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Alternatives_and_extensions_for_libraries>
or <http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Applications_and_libraries/Mathematics>.

Perhaps there is (or should be) category in the haskell wiki similar
to <http://cran.r-project.org/web/views/>


On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 2:34 PM, Charlie Paul <charlieap at gmail.com> wrote:
> This has been proposed many times before, and each time everyone agrees that
> something like this is a good idea. However, like many good proposals, no
> one has put up code.
> Also in this particular case, the devil is in the details. How do ratings
> transfer between versions? How do you account for the effects of bitrot?
> On Monday, November 4, 2013, Ömer Sinan Ağacan <omeragacan at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> The following is happening to me very often:
>> - I decide to do some work in Haskell and decide to do it using a library.
>> - I go to hackage and search for some keywords, find 10 different
>> packages that does similar things.
>> - In that moment, I need to apply some heuristics to decide which
>> package to use. When my heuristics don't end up with only one package,
>> I go to Haskell IRC channel and ask people there to which library to
>> use.
>> My heuristic is something like:
>> - Look if author/maintainer is well-known people in Haskell community
>> that are already produced very high-quality libraries.
>> - Make sure it's currently maintained(updated at least in past few months)
>> - Make sure it has Github repository.
>> - some other stuff like that.
>> These heuristics are not working great, most of the time I'm ending up
>> with IRC channel. So my proposal is this:
>> Why not have a rating/comment system for packages in hackage, so that
>> when I need to find a library for something I can just look to
>> comments or ratings to see how complete/well-implemented or what does
>> it good for etc. (for example, we have several high quality xml
>> parsers, some of them are for performance while some of them aiming
>> for being easy to use)
>> Any comments would be appreciated.
>> ---
>> Ömer Sinan Ağacan
>> http://osa1.net
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