[Haskell-cafe] Package Takeover: `toml`

Joachim Durchholz jo at durchholz.org
Sat Mar 13 07:38:37 UTC 2021

Am 12.03.21 um 18:13 schrieb Emily Pillmore:
>  I'm curious as to why you took 
> this tack, and feel disrespected when `tomland` is the go-to TOML 
> library in Haskell, and as you say, has been recognized outside of the 
> community by the TOML org itself.

I understand your irritation at Tom derailing your request into a 
discussion about all kinds of unrelated things. (I'm irritated myself 
how he's emphasizing his feelings in so many of his messages; it's not 
an irrelevant topic but he has made his feelings clear enough, and the 
focus should be on other things as well.)

However, since you state that the existing packages do not meet your 
needs and want to restructure the code, maybe taking over Tom's 
package(s) isn't a good idea anyway - restructuring tends to affect the 
public API, and library users would have reason to object to that.

You already have the code - nothing prevents you from taking it and 
adapting it to your needs.

And you don't need the name. Either your library is getting enough 
traction that it will be mentioned, and then search engines will find it 
regardless of its name; or your library will end being useful mainly for 
yourself, and then the name doesn't matter.


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