Haskell Weekly News: August 16, 2005

Submitted by jgoerzen on Tue, 08/16/2005 - 5:43am.

Haskell Weekly News: August 16, 2005

Greetings, and thanks for reading the third issue of HWN, a weekly newsletter for the Haskell community. Each Tuesday, new editions will be posted (as text) to the Haskell mailing list and (as HTML) to The Haskell Sequence.

New Releases

  • gtk2hs 0.9.9. Axel Simon announced the latest version of this binding to GTK, primarily containing bugfixes.
  • h4sh. Donald Bruce Stewart announced the new Haskell for shell scripts package. It exposes the Haskell Data.List library for use in shell scripting.
  • c2hs 0.14.3. Manuel M. T. Chakravarty released version 0.14.3 of c2hs. Improvements over 0.14.1 include support for cross-compilation, gcc's asm construct, better support for hierarchical module syntax, and new name translation functions.
  • magic-haskell. John Goerzen announced the availability of magic-haskell, a binding to C's libmagic. With it, you can determine the type of a file by looking at its contents rather than its name.
  • AVL 2.2. Adrian Hey released AVL 2.2. It introduces new set manipulation functions, a new type of zipper, and optimizations for functions that don't modify a tree.

Discussion

HWN format changes this week. Based on reader feedback, the New Releases section has been moved to the top of HWN. Please let me know what you think. Before you ask, the Darcs and Quotes of the Week sections are missing because there was no news for them this week.

Static typing. Minh Thu started a discussion about the pros and cons of static typing and side effects.

Language version pragmas. Bulat Ziganshin proposed a way to specify what language version and options are used in Haskell sources.

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