Add binary and/or cereal to the Haskell Platform

Johan Tibell johan.tibell at
Wed Aug 22 18:29:57 CEST 2012

On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 8:20 AM, Yitzchak Gale <gale at> wrote:
> Hi Johan,
> Johan Tibell wrote:
>> As I've mentioned before [1] I think binary and cereal should be
>> merged.... [other proposed API improvements]
>> 1.
> Yes, those are great ideas. The thing is, nobody
> (myself included of course) has done anything about
> it for almost two years. Right now, binary and cereal
> are what they are. These are important packages that
> are popular dependencies. I observe empirically
> that their APIs are extremely stable. Unless there is
> new evidence that someone will work on them in the
> very near future and change the APIs significantly,
> I think they should go into the platform the way they
> are now. Or at least one of the two.

I agree with this sentiment. My current thinking is that perhaps it's
better to leave both out. I don't feel too strongly about it though.
If binary went in we might convince Lennart to finish and release his
"cps" branch which should give binary incremental input capabilities.

-- Johan

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