[Haskell-cafe] [Haskell-community] Standard package file format

Harendra Kumar harendra.kumar at gmail.com
Fri Sep 16 11:46:12 UTC 2016

On 16 September 2016 at 16:51, Paolo Giarrusso <p.giarrusso at gmail.com>

> I agree "full-fledged build system" is not a possible immediate goal.
> But an EDSL for expressing cabal projects (as they are today) would
> still be in scope of your proposal—and I thought you liked the idea
> (see quote below). Using the earlier options: option 3 is not in scope
> of this thread, but option 2 is, with the only danger that the design
> space is so big to present a challenge.

Yeah I like the idea of using Haskell for configs but perhaps in a
different problem space e.g. in a build spec. See the quote from my earlier
quote below, sorry for the confusion :-) Yes, maybe option 2 might work for
package specifications but sounds pretty hairy to explore for this use case
alone, unless we have other motivations.

> Quoting from Harendra Kumar's earlier mail:
>  If we have to express not just a package specification but a
> sophisticated build configuration, we need a real language. Expressing
> conditionals, reuse etc becomes a compromise in a purely declarative
> language.

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