Ask HN: Why does every package+module system become a Rube Goldberg machine?

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  • General

    The official registry of general Julia packages

    Julia and Rust all work with using versions tied to git tags. Package management isn't tied to Github but git: packages can live on Gitlab or BitBucket, though they generally don't and that's the choice of package developers. Because of that there are tie-ins to make Github really nice to use, but for example with Julia the only piece that is truly Github based is the fact that the General registry lives in a Github repo (, but could easily migrate to another git platform if it needed to.

  • asdf

    Extendable version manager with support for Ruby, Node.js, Elixir, Erlang & more

    Not a generic package manager, but it's probably worth calling out asdf as the generic version manager[0] (maybe you're already aware of it, but it's a generic replacement for nvm, rvm, virtualenv, *vm, which supports any language based on plugins.)

    Again, maybe you're already aware of it, but I think it's a nice example of genericising a concern common to many languages which sounds similar to what you're asking for (albeit unfortunately in a slightly different space).


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  • TypeScript

    TypeScript is a superset of JavaScript that compiles to clean JavaScript output.

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