Haskell Weekly News: January 30, 2006

Submitted by dons on Mon, 01/30/2006 - 9:55pm.

Haskell Weekly News: January 30, 2006

Greetings, and thanks for reading the 22nd issue of HWN, a weekly newsletter for the Haskell community. Each Monday, new editions are posted to the Haskell mailing list and to The Haskell Sequence. RSS is also available.

New Releases

  • C-- Frontend. Robert Dockins announced the initial alpha release of a C-- frontend (parser, pretty printer, and semantic checker) written in Haskell. The goal when beginning this project was to create a modular frontend that could be used both by people writing and by those targeting C-- compilers. This implementation attempts to follow the C-- spec as exactly as possible.
  • Type level arithmetic. Robert Dockins also released a library for arithmetic on the type level. This library uses a binary representation and can handle numbers at the order of 10^15 (at least). It also contains a test suite to help validate the somewhat unintuitive algorithms.


This section covers activity on Haskell' this week. The topics this week have been diverse. Next week we'll try to cover activity on the wiki as well. From the mailing list:


Darcs Corner

    Darcs is popular. Isaac Jones brought to our attention the results of the Debian package popularity contest. For the first time a program written in Haskell is more popular than the Haskell toolchain itself. Congratulations to the darcs developers!

Quote of the Week

<araujo> Haskell is bad, it makes you hate other programming languages.

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