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Heartbleed aftermath: should Haskell web frameworks allow using a pure Haskell SSL library instead of OpenSSL?

Haskell on Reddit - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 2:40am

I just fixed the infamous "heart bleed" OpenSSL bug in a couple of Snap web applications in my faculty. In light of the recourring nature of these buffer overun/overread vulnurabilties, why not use a Haskell-only implementation? It turns that one already exists.

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A Concurrency Puzzle

Haskell on Reddit - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 1:09am

I'm pretty new to Haskell concurrency and having some trouble figuring out the best way to implement the following behavior.

There are an arbitrary number of read threads and an arbitrary number of write threads with a single shared value between all of them. A read thread blocks if and only if it has read out the most recently written value. It should read a written value, at most, one time.

An example with three read threads and two write threads:

Write1 writes 0 Read1 reads 0 Read3 reads 0 Read2 reads 0 ... Write1 writes 1 Read2 reads 1 Read3 reads 1 Write2 writes 2 Read1 reads 2 Read2 reads 2 Read3 reads 2 ...

Does something like this already exist on Hackage and I'm just not seeing it? Is there a good way to do this?

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Douglas M. Auclair (geophf): 'J' is for the noble basis

Planet Haskell - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:47am
'J' is for the noble combinator basis, JI
... and I've got to stop falling asleep mid-stream-of-consciousness/brain-dump (not 'bran'-dump! as that's something else entirely: 'brain'-dump!)
I'm going to entitle this article JILL after a lovely lady I knew, Ernimagilda Mucciaroni. 'Ernimagilda,' it turns out, is a nickname for Maria Theresa.
Santa Theresa, pray for us.
So, all combinators, and, by extension, a set of functional logics can be expressed by two combinators, the S:
S = \ x y z -> xz(yz)
and the K
K = \ x y -> x
combinators. Given those two combinators, and only those two combinators, you can rewrite any of the other combinators, like, for example, the I combinator:
I = \ x -> x
is SKK
Or the B combinator:
B = \ x y z -> x(yz)
is simply SI, which I being defined above is S(SKK), or SII, I'll look that up. xxx
Great, we've got it all.
Problem. The K combinator, the constifier, drops a combinator from the discussion. So, if we're proving something, and we come across an inconvenient true, we simply apply the K combinator, and just drop it.
What if that instance of truth, that we just dropped, was the only instance in out universe of discourse?
Well, you could apply the continuation function and, going back in time, get it back. Or, without the continuation function, you could simply invent another universe, or reconstruct the one you were working with that truth back in there, and you're good to go, you can carry on from there.
Some philosophers have a problem with this, understandably, the 'oh, you can just go back and redo if you get it wrong the first time or if you find you needed it later'-excuse smacks of sloppiness, and in mathematics you have to be rigorous; you can't be sloppy. Imagine, for example, if they were blasé in constructing the Hilbert spaces? How much buy-in would there be if the disclaimer were added: "Oh, if something goes awry, just start over from the beginning and hope for the best. That should work"?
Yeah. No.
So, some site the dropping operator as the foundational problem, if there exists a truth in your space, why would you want to drop it? You'll only have to reconstruct it later on, anyway.
So, from that concern there arose the discussion around the 'noble' basis, or, how can we do what we need to do without discarding things that appear inconvenient or seem expedient to do so. After all, the Hilbert space is ... pretty big. There is room in this mathematics to carry around truths, regardless of their current utility. So, what combinators are necessary but also not destructive? Can this even be done.
It could. Four combinators showed to be of high utility in that they could construct the other combinators, except K, and they were S, M, B, and I or S, M, C, and I, depending on the preference of the proponent. Either set worked tolerably well.
But four combinators? Couldn't there be a reduced set that allowed one to use the noble set? After all, the SK-basis was originally the SKI-basis until someone brilliant realized that simply using S's and K's the I could be independently reproduced and therefore was unnecessary to form that basis.
It turns out in the noble SCMI-basis (or also in the SBMI-basis), there was. The J. The J combinator is defined as follows:
J = \ x y z w -> xy(xwz) xxx
The J in combination with another combinator would be able to reproduce the S (obviously), the C or the B (both, actually) and the M. Do you see which combinator?
Well, the T combinator:
T = \ x y -> yx
is JII:
JII = \ I I z w -> II(Iwz) -I-> wx = T -- simplest realization
The R combinator:
R = \ x y z -> yzx
is JT or J(JII):
JT = \ T y z w -subst-> Ty(Twz) -T-> (Twz)y -T-> (zw)y = R
So, C from J, T, and R:
C = \ x y z -> xzy
RRR ... HA!
because RRRabc = RaRbc = Rbac = acb !
I = I -- simplest, simplest realization
M = \ x -> xx
But to get M, B would really help, so B is:
B = \ x y z -> x(yz)
B = C(JIC)(JI)xyz = (JIC)x(JI)yz = JICx(JI)yz = IC(I(JI)x)yz = C((JI)x)yz = JIxzy = Ix(Iyz) = B
So, M from J, I, B, C, R, T:
J(Ra)III = (Ra)I((Ra)II) = I((Ra)IIa = IIaa = aa = M, which, in combinators is:
RI(RI(RI(BJR))) ... RI moves the desired system down the chain ... for the 'J' anyway.
which is RI(RI(BJR))aI = RI(BJR)aII = BJRaIII = J(Ra)IIISo, now S:
S = \ x y z = xy(xz)
So, the strategy here is to move the 'W' to before the x and then 'I' it out, or:
JabcI ... no because that gets us:
ab(aIc) and that is NOT what we want. we want:
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Haskell on Reddit - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 9:18am

Why isn’t there a clamp function in Data.Ord? Something like that:

clamp :: (Ord a) => a -> a -> a -> a clamp mn mx = max mn . min mx

We have min and max, clamp is a very useful function as well, and very famous.

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Is GHC the defacto standard?

Haskell on Reddit - Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:12pm

I haven't looked into how the Haskell language is standardized, but I have noticed that articles and libraries seem to liberally use extensions specific to GHC, or at least that GHC lists as syntactic extensions. In comparison, the Hugs compiler looks pretty boring and no one talks about it much.

I learned to program with C++, and that community cares very much about standard conformance, but we also have multiple compilers on multiple OS's and we want to write code that conforms to everyone at once. So when referring to Haskell, should one assume that everyone conforms to GHC, even if GHC does not define Haskell? On a related note: does anyone use a compiler other than GHC, including Hugs, and why?

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