So you want to write a package manager
sam boyer

Two additional concerns that impact this space are:

  1. whether a language has support for loading multiple versions of a dependency at runtime (Erlang, .NET) which affects whether you are forced into some sort of method of walking the dependency graph to identify conflicts or compatibilities
  2. whether the dependencies in the language include native dependencies, and whether the PDM will resolve native dependencies or defer to that languages toolset or simply expect them to be handled a priori.

Thanks for the thorough writeup! I think it’s also interesting to consider whether a decentralized approach to package indices makes sense, how to establish provenance of packaging bits, and whether in 2016 you should build any sort of tooling without a remote API or some other machine-readable interface for composition…

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