Haskell Weekly News: January 10, 2009

Submitted by byorgey on Sun, 01/11/2009 - 8:28am.
Haskell Weekly News: January 10, 2009

Welcome to issue 100 of HWN, a newsletter covering developments in the Haskell community.

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Haskell BLAS bindings version 0.7. Patrick Perry announced the release of version 0.7 of the blas package, Haskell bindings to the BLAS (Basic Linear Algebra Subprograms) library. According to Patrick, this release is "a major milestone---it is finally the library with all of the features that I want."

X Haskell Bindings. Antoine Latter announced a preview release of the X Haskell Bindings. The goal of the library is to provide low-level access to the X11 protocol, in the spirit of the X C Bindings.

Data.TCache 0.5.5. Alberto G. Corona announced the 0.5.5 release of the TCache package, a transactional data cache with configurable persistence. This version adds the the capability to safely handle transactions, and incrementally serialize many data types simultaneously in the same piece of code.

haskell-src-exts 0.4.8. Niklas Broberg announced a new release (0.4.8) of the haskell-src-exts package. This is a bug-fix release in the wake of the flurry of bug reports due to hlint.

bytestring-trie 0.1.2 (bugfix). wren ng thornton announced a bugfix release for bytestring-trie, efficient finite maps from (byte)strings to values. This release fixes a bug in alterBy, and adds an Eq instance.

wxHaskell 0.11.1. Jeremy O'Donoghue announced the release of wxHaskell 0.11.1, a Haskell binding for the wxWidgets GUI library. The main highlights include support for XRC resource files, support for wxWidgets 2.8.x and GHC 6.10, and preliminary support for Cabal and Hackage.

cabal2doap 0.1. Greg Heartsfield announced the release of Cabal2doap, which generates Description of a Project (DOAP) XML/RDF data representing a Haskell project. This should make it possible for semantic web project aggregation sites to find and index Haskell projects.


Jane Street is hiring functional programmers. Yaron Minsky reminded everyone that Jane Street is still hiring! Jane Street now has over 30 OCaml developers, and is actively looking to hire more in Tokyo, London and New York.

PhD, postdoc, and engineering positions at HATS. CFP announced the availability of 10 PhD, postdoc, and engineering positions within the HATS project (Highly Adaptable and Trustworthy Software using Formal Models), a new Integrated Project funded by the European Union, within the programme "Future and Emerging Technologies" (FET). The goal of HATS is a tool-supported framework and formal methodology for the development of long-lived and trustworthy software systems.

Hypothetical Haskell job in New York. Tony Hannan asked how many would be interested in applying to a hypothetical Haskell job in New York, assuming his boss can be convinced to use Haskell.

Blog noise

Haskell news from the blogosphere.

Quotes of the Week

  • jml: A wise man once said, "the program isn't debugged until the last user is dead".
  • pumpkin: OMG I <3 RECORD SYNTAX
  • Olathe: <Olathe> > floor (1.0/0.0) <lambdabot> 179769... <Olathe> But you can see that Haskell can calculate the maximum Integer.
  • lilac: <drdozer> gha! I'm drowning in the haskell number hierarchy again <lilac> drdozer: magic 8-ball says 'add calls to fromIntegral'
  • monopoly: do not exit IO. go directly to the REPL, do not pass any parameters or continuations.
  • EvilTerran: [on category theory] the same place of nightmares that spawned zygohistomorphic prepromorphisms :P

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