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Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:48:26 +0200
From: Jean-Philippe Aumasson <>
Subject: Re: [PHC] An additional PHS API to include a string?

> Ideally, PHC should concentrate on the cryptographic qualities of the
> candidates, using code made for research, not for production.
> Production-ready implementations will come later on, for the winner(s),
> and these will include a simplified string-based API. Developers at
> large will cautiously wait for these implementations to emerge, and use
> them.

FTR, I share that point of view: PHC is mainly a competition for an
algorithm, not for a production-ready piece of software. The
possibility of user-friendly interfaces will be taken in consideration
when selecting the winner(s). Regarding string-based APIs, we expect
string formatting/encoding/packing components to be largely agnostic
of the underlying hash algorithm.

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