[Haskell-cafe] Batteries included (Was: GHC is a monopoly compiler)

Peter voldermort at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 28 07:22:41 UTC 2016

What are the advantages of batteries included?

1) It's easier for newcomers to find the appropriate library for common
2) Consistency between different programs, as they will mostly use the same
standard libraries for common tasks.

Do these require the batteries to be installed with the compiler? Do they
require the batteries to be installed as a monolithic unit at all? An
"official" wiki page pointing to the recommended packages for common tasks
would seem to achieve the purpose almost as well, but without the
accompanying problems.

As for sets of specific library versions that are known to work well
together, Stackage has already solved that.

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