Haskell Weekly News: September 27, 2005

Submitted by jgoerzen on Wed, 09/28/2005 - 5:50am.

Greetings, and thanks for reading the ninth 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

  • GHC 6.4.1 for MacOS X. Wolfgang Thaller announced the availability of a binary GHC 6.4.1 package for MacOS X.
  • ghc-api 0.1.0. Lemmih announced ghc-api, a cabalization of the GHC 6.5 API. It is currently used by hIDE.

Discussion

Haskell Team Winns ICFP! Congratulations to Wolfgang Thaller's team for winning the ICFP 2005 programming contest! According to the ICFP homepage, "First prize goes to KiebererAndXiaoTou. The judges are happy to proclaim that Haskell is the programming tool of choice for discriminating hackers." This is the second year in a row in which a team using Haskell has taken first place in this contest.

The Combat-Tanteidan team (Takayuki Muranushi and Hideyuki Tanaka), also using Haskell, took third place in this year's ICFP.

In addition, on page 68 of the presentation slides, you can see that Haskell was the top-performing language at the contest overall. The author wrote, "The clear fact that stands out here is that Haskell is the language of choice for the programming contest. Haskell stands out a little bit in the first round, but it clearly stands out in the twist. So, kudos to the Haskell community for both producing a language that lets people build re-usable code and instilling this as a value in their community!"

Unfortunately, the names of all team members were not documented, so I was not able to list the real names for this story. Thanks to Don Stewart for sending me information about this.

Haskell-style proof tools. Robin Green asked about proof tools, and the resulting thread contained several suggestions.

Trapped by Monads. In this thread, the infamous IO monad was discussed, along with a number of comparisons to Forth.

Quote of the Week

Haskell is the programming tool of choice for discriminating hackers. -- ICFP 2005 judges

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