"FastPackedString" considered harmful

Udo Stenzel u.stenzel at web.de
Thu Apr 20 04:30:28 EDT 2006

Donald Bruce Stewart wrote:
> I do think FastPackedString is not a suitable for a standard Haskell
> library as long as it only works on byte strings.

How about making it polymorphic then?  It could work on everything
Storable, with a bunch of specialized funktions for the common
Word8/Word16/Word32 and Char variants.

When someone says "I want a programming language in which I need only
say what I wish done," give him a lollipop.
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