Haskell Weekly News
Issue 152 - March 08, 2010
Welcome to issue 152 of HWN, a newsletter covering developments in the
Hello Haskellers, this week brings updates to some standards (like
Parsec), as well as some new tunes to the Haskell songbook. WAI and
Yesod were released, giving some new options for Haskell-based web
applications, Don Stewart made some improvements to his Genetic
Optimizer system to include options from GHC's new LLVM backend, and I
made some serious progress on the new HWN software.
Speaking of the new software, there have been numerous reports of warts
and other unfortunate things with the current editions of the HWN. Fear
not, these warts are well known and being worked on intently.
Unfortunately, it's somewhat difficult to fix them given the current
publication software, however, in the new-and-improved version that
(hopefully) should be entering use soon, these warts will be removed.
So, without further interuption about the stylistic content,
Haskellers, your Haskell Weekly News!
Bluetile 0.3.1. Jan Vornberger announced Bluetile, an adaptation of
xmonad for the masses. Bluetile aims to make tiling window managers
accessible by drawing on standard window manager conventions and
idioms. ED: This is not technically an announcement, but it's very cool
and everyone should check it out!
yesod 0.0.0 (web framework). Michael Snoyman announced the release
of yesod, a web framework based on WAI.
wai-0.0.0 (Web Application Interface). Michael Snoyman announced the
first release of wai, a library implementing the WAI protocol.
iteratee-parsec 0.0.2. Maciej Piechotka announced iteratee-parsec, a
library which allows for parsec parsers in the IterateeG monad.
Parsec 3.1.0. Derek Elkins announced a new release of Parsec,
containing many improvments due (primarily) to Antoine Latter.
Progression-0.3 (supporting benchmarking in Haskell). Neil Brown
announced a new release of Progression. Progression is a utility
built on top of Criterion for recording benchmarks for several version
of your code.
Ghent Functional Programming Group: First Meeting on April 1, 2010.
Jeroen Janssen announced the first meeting of the Ghent Functional
Programming group, see the post for location and time details.
PhD position in Functional Programming at Chalmers (deadline
2010-04-07). Patrik Jansson announced an opening for a PhD student
at Chalmers, working in Functional Programming and DSELs.
VSTTE 2010: Verified Software -- Third Call for Papers. Gudmund Grov
announced a third CFP for VSTTE 2010, the Third International
Conference on Verified Software: Theories, Tools, and Experiments.
barchart-0.1.1. Sebastian Fischer announced barchart, a command
line program with an associated library for generating bar charts.
Call for Participation: CHR Summer School. Jon Sneyers announced a
call for participation in the CHR Summer School on Programming and
Reasoning with Rules and Constraints.
Free theorem - what do we need it for. Maciej Piechotka asked about
Free Theorems and what they were good for.
Has anybody translated Douglas Hofstadter's Scientific American
articles introducting Scheme to a general audience into Haskell?
Benjamin L. Russell asked if anyone had considered translating
Douglas Hofstadter's SciAm articles introducting Scheme to Haskell.
Evolving Faster Haskell Programs (now with LLVM!). Don Stewart our
resident speed demon is at it again, harnessing the new LLVM backend of
GHC and the power of Natural Selection to make his programs go even
Haskell news from the blogosphere. Blog posts from people new
to the Haskell community are marked with >>>, be sure to welcome them!
* Neil Brown: Synchronous Channels using MVars.
* "FP Lunch": Causal Semantics of (A)FRP.
* Darcs: darcs weekly news #56.
* Dan Piponi (sigfpe): Products, Limits and Parametric
* Bryn Keller: Real World Haskell.
* Isaac Dupree: Next Project, Move doc-parsing to from GHC to
* Isaac Dupree: Summer of Code Wrap-Up..
* Isaac Dupree: Status update.
* Isaac Dupree: platform progress.
* Isaac Dupree: another boring update, & question :-).
* Isaac Dupree: How To Navigate Your Code:.
* Michael Snoyman: Persistence.
* Neil Brown: Choice over Events using STM.
* Michael Snoyman: Tweedle Beetle Battle.
* Galois, Inc: The Semantics of Asynchronous Exceptions.
* Bryan O'Sullivan: What's in a parser? Attoparsec rewired (2/2).
* Bryan O'Sullivan: What's in a parsing library? (1/2).
* Neil Brown: Progression 0.3: Bar Charts and Normalisation.
Quotes of the Week
* edwardk: heh, i'm amused the ParsecT that Antoine Latter put
together is in the form of a right kan extension ;)
* Philippa: <TR1N1TY> I'm selling botz and backdoors
<Philippa> I'm selling bans
* samlee (via reddit): haha those ghc options are longer than actual
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