[Haskell-cafe] Taking over `data-default-*`
zocca.marco at gmail.com
Tue May 8 09:39:38 UTC 2018
While I very much agree with all of you on the need for solid
typeclass laws, I think Default still has its place in the library
author toolkit .
Think for example of configuration data for very flexible
functionality such as plotting.
On the other hand, if it's such a bad idea, what's a good course of
action in this case ? Take over and deprecate ?
On Tue, May 8, 2018 at 11:21 AM, Chris Wong <lambda.fairy at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, May 8, 2018 at 9:10 PM, Marco Zocca <zocca.marco at gmail.com> wrote:
>> data-default alone is depended on by > 500 packages :
>> Could you motivate why it's not a good idea ?
> I can think of two reasons:
> - It has no laws, so there's formal specification that tells us whether an
> instance is "correct" or not.
> - Type classes are useful when there is a large family of generic operations
> that can work with them. For example, the utility functions in Control.Monad
>  are used in all kinds of Haskell programs. But there are no such generic
> operations that apply to all Default instances.
> That said -- as you note, it's has quite a few dependents so it's great that
> someone is stepping up to maintain it regardless.
>> On Tue, May 8, 2018 at 11:02 AM, Christopher Allen <cma at bitemyapp.com>
>> > Is this something folks still think is a good idea? I purge
>> > Data.Default from projects I work on.
>> > On Tue, May 8, 2018 at 3:58 AM, Marco Zocca <zocca.marco at gmail.com>
>> > wrote:
>> >> Dear all,
>> >> I've been increasingly relying on data-default-class, but sadly it
>> >> doesn't look like it's currently maintained; there are some tickets on
>> >> the github issue tracker that would need some attention.
>> >> I have tried contacting the authro/current maintainer Lukas Mai (CC'd)
>> >> by email but have not received an answer so far (I hope he's doing
>> >> well, btw).
>> >> This is my first public request for taking over the `data-default`
>> >> family of packages:
>> >> data-default-class
>> >> data-default-instances-base
>> >> data-default-instances-containers
>> >> data-default-instances-dlist
>> >> data-default-instances-old-locale
>> >> data-default
>> >> Kind regards,
>> >> Marco Zocca
>> >> (http://hackage.haskell.org/user/ocramz)
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