[haskell-platform] #86: Proposal: Add Package: binary

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Tue Aug 4 18:56:24 EDT 2009

#86: Proposal: Add Package: binary
 Reporter:  dons              |       Owner:  dons
     Type:  defect            |      Status:  new 
 Priority:  major             |   Milestone:      
Component:  Package Addition  |    Keywords:      

  * Package name: binary
  * Package url: http://hackage.haskell.org/package/binary
  * Package category: Data
  * Package cabal file :

 ||What functionality does the package provide?||Efficient, pure binary
 serialisation using lazy ByteStrings. Haskell values may be encoded to and
 from binary formats, written to disk as binary, or sent over the
 ||What language features/extensions does the package
 ||How popular is the package in
 [http://www.galois.com/~dons/hackage/popularity.html Hackage downloads]?||
 Rank 6 / 1200||||
 ||How many packages depend on this package (what does it enable to
 build)?|| [http://aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=19402 68 packages]
 ||Do any applications of note depend on this package?|| yi||||
 ||Does it provide some foundational, general purpose
 functionality?||parsing binary data from streams of bytes||||
 ||Are there equivalent libraries in the Python (or other)
 [http://docs.python.org/library/ base libraries]?|| Yes,
 "[http://docs.python.org/library/struct.html struct] - Interpret strings
 as packed binary data", though this is more general ||||
 ||Is this package portable to all platforms?|| Yes, and to Hugs||||
 ||Does this package require additional C libraries?|| No||||
 ||Does the package follow the
 [http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Package_versioning_policy package
 versioning policy]?|| Yes. ||||
 ||Is the code of high quality?|| Yes. ||||
 ||What is the bug history of this code?|| There have been a handful of
 bugs, none in the last 3 or so releases ||||
 ||Is the code [http://www.haskell.org/cabal/ cabalized] and hosted on
 [http://hackage.haskell.org/packages/archive/pkg-list.html Hackage]?||
 ||Does it build with cabal-install?|| Yes||||
 ||Does it provide [http://www.haskell.org/haddock/ haddock
 Binary.html Yes]||||
 ||Does it have a test suite? Does it have test coverage data?|| Yes,
 [http://code.haskell.org/~dons/tests/binary/hpc_index.html Yes]. ||||
 ||Who is the maintainer of the code?|| Lennart Kolmodin, Don Stewart ||||
 ||Does the package add new dependencies?|| No. ||||
 ||Does the package build with build-style: Simple?|| Yes. ||||
 ||Does this package duplicate existing functionality in the Haskell
 Platform?|| No. ||||
 ||Does the package reuse types and data from the Haskell Platform? What
 types does it define?|| It reuses lazy bytestrings, and base word types
 ||Does the package use the hierarchical naming conventions?|| Yes. ||||
 ||Does the package build with -Wall?|| Yes. ||||
 ||Does the package have performance figures/complexity annotations?|| It
 has performance figures. ||||
 ||What license does the library have?||BSD3||||
 ||Is the library "Haskell-ish"?|| It provides a purely functional, lazy
 interface to binary encoding/decoding.||||
 ||Is the library thread safe?||Yes. ||||
 ||Is the package a stop-gap for a more general solution?|| A strict
 version would also be useful.||||
 ||What other packages provide similar functionality?|| binary-strict,
 attoparsec to some degree, various bit parsing libs ||||
 ||Will the maintainer adhear to the release schedule for the platform?||
 ||Other relevant criteria?|| ||||

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