Haskell Weekly News: April 10, 2006

Submitted by dons on Mon, 04/10/2006 - 1:09am.

Greetings, and thanks for reading issue 32 of HWN, a weekly newsletter covering developments in the Haskell community. Each Monday, new editions are posted to the Haskell mailing list and to The Haskell Sequence. RSS is also available. Headlines also go to haskell.org.


  • hImerge: a graphical user interface for emerge. Luis Araujo released hImerge, a graphical user interface for emerge, (Gentoo's Portage system) written in Haskell using gtk2hs. Here's a jpg. The main idea is to simplify browsing the entire portage tree as well as of running the most basic and common options from the emerge command. hImerge also offers several handy tools, like global and local use flags browsers, and a minimal web browser.

  • MissingH 0.14.0. John Goerzen announced MissingH 0.14.0, a library of "missing" functions. MissingH is available here.

  • Haskell mailing list archives. Don Stewart converted the Haskell mailing list archives from 1990-2000, into html format. The archive is available to view here.

  • Chapter 4 of Hitchhikers Guide to the Haskell. Dmitry Astapov announced that the 4th chapter of the Hitchhikers Guide to Haskell is now available.
  • Edison 1.2 rc3. Robert Dockins announced that the 3rd release candidate for Edison 1.2 is now avaliable.


This section covers activity on Haskell' standardisation process.

Code watch

Wed Apr  5 06:33:44 PDT 2006  Simon Marlow
  * add support for x86_64; foreign import is now supported in GHCi on x86_64
Thu Apr  6 10:57:53 PDT 2006  Lemmih
  * GHC.Base.breakpoint isn't vaporware anymore.

  -fignore-breakpoints can be used to ignore breakpoints.
Thu Apr  6 19:05:11 PDT 2006  Simon Marlow
  * Reorganisation of the source tree
  Most of the other users of the fptools build system have migrated to
  Cabal, and with the move to darcs we can now flatten the source tree
  without losing history, so here goes.

  The main change is that the ghc/ subdir is gone, and most of what it
  contained is now at the top level.  The build system now makes no
  pretense at being multi-project, it is just the GHC build system.

Quotes of the Week

JaffaCake :: gcc is getting smarter, so we need to hit it with a bigger stick

ihope :: Oops, I forgot that Djinn doesn't do GADT's.

malig :: quantum mechanics actually strikes me as less weird than lazy
evaluation sometimes. at least it disallows time travel

Contributing to HWN

Thanks to Luis Araujo for help preparing this issue.

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