simonmar at microsoft.com
Fri Apr 22 17:07:23 EDT 2005
On 22 April 2005 21:56, Glynn Clements wrote:
> David Brown wrote:
>>>> And hGet/PutWord8 are fast enough for most situations.
>>> Are you certain? Which interesting applications do you know
>>> that read and write one byte at a time? I can't speak for
>>> "most" situations, but in those situations where I needed
>>> binary I/O this API would have been impracticable.
>> I'm going to chime in agreement with the disagreement.
>> I have one application which uses single character binary I/O.
>> Because it works on small files, it borders on usefuleness. As time
>> goes on, the size of these inputs grows, and now the tool has become
>> nearly worthless.
>> I seem to run into this kind of thing a lot with Haskell. Dominic's
>> ASN library is useful to me, however I'm finding I'll probably just
>> have to use it as a template for new code. It works fine for what
>> designed for, parsing keys and such, but I'm looking to use it to
>> represent gigabytes of data. Processing data like that one Word8 at
>> a time isn't practical.
> Personally, I doubt that Haskell will ever be practical for processing
> very large amounts of data (e.g. larger than your system's RAM).
I hope that's not true - whatever techniques you use in other languages
for handling large amounts of data should translate straightforwardly
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