Haskell Weekly News: November 21, 2009

Submitted by jfredett on Sat, 11/21/2009 - 2:16pm.
Haskell Weekly News: November 22, 2009

Welcome to issue 140 of HWN, a newsletter covering developments in the Haskell community.

Apologies for the somewhat late edition, I got back late from the NES/MAA conference yesterday in Springfield, MA, and was generally too exhausted from all the math competing and giving of talks that HWN could not compete with the appeal of sleeping... This week there was a new edition of the HCAR, plenty of good discussion about Iteratee's and the Type Directed Name Resolution proposal, altogether a busy week. So here it is, your Haskell Weekly News!


[BostonHaskell] Next meeting: November 24th at MIT (32-G882). Ravi Nanavati announced the next meeting of BAHUG.

Haskell Communities and Activities Report (17th ed., November 2009). Janis Voigtlaender announced the new edition of the Haskell Communities and Activities Report.

Call for Participation - PEPM'10 (co-located with POPL'10). Janis Voigtlaender announced a call for participation for PEPM 2010.

LambdaCube engine and Bullet physics binding. Csaba Hruska announced a binding to the LambdaCube and Bullet engines.

ICFP '10: Second call for workshop proposals. Wouter Swierstra announced a second call for workshop proposals for ICFP 2010.

deepseq- Simon Marlow announced version of `deepseq`

wcwidth-0.0.1. Jason Dusek announced a small package which provides binding to wchar.h, which assigns a column width to unicode characters.

gnome-keyring 0.1 (bindings to libgnome-keyring). John Millikin announced a set of bindings to the GNOME keyring libraries.

attempt. Michael Snoyman announced a new release of the `attempt` package.

control-monad-failure and safe-failure. Michael Snoyman also announced a new version of `control-monad-failure` and `safe-failure`.

Announcing the GHC Bug Sweep. Simon Marlow announced the GHC bug sweep, to help weed out the GHC Trac of old bugs, and also to get warm fuzzy feelings from helping everyone's favorite compiler devs.

New Industrial Haskell Group membership options. Duncan Coutts announced some new membership options for the the Industrial Haskell Group (IHG)

bindings-SDL 1.0.2, the domain specific language for FFI description. Mauricio Antunes announced a new version of the bindings-SDL package.

wxHaskell Jeremy O'Donoghue announced a release of the wxHaskell package, including new improved support for installation via cabal on any system, with only a minor caveat on Windows.

TFP 2010 - Call for Papers. TFP 2010 announced a call for papers for TFP 2010, the 11th symposium on Trends in Functional Programming.

Reminder: Fun in the afternoon, MSR Cambridge, 26 Nov. Simon Marlow announced a final reminder for the `Fun in the Afternoon` meeting, which will be at MSR Cambridge on the 26th of November (ED: Thanksgiving for us Americans, if only there were some way to combine turkey-oriented gluttony with Functional programming...).

Job at the University of Technology in Cottbus. Wolfgang Jeltsch announced a job opening at the University of Technology in Cottbus.

Scottish Category Theory Seminar. Conor McBride announced the first meeting of Scottish Category Theory Seminar, a forum for discussion of all aspects of Category Theory, be they pure or applied. (ED: I am fighting very hard to not make some sort of Braveheart Joke...)


Iteratee question. Valery V. Vorotyntsev asked about using iteratee's in his binary data parser code.

Haskell as an alternative to Java. Philippos Apolinarius wondered whether Haskell would make for a good Java alternative.

Status of TypeDirectedNameResolution proposal? Levi Greenspan asked about the status of the TDNR proposal.

Typef*ck: Brainf*ck in the type system. Johnny Morrice showed us his implementation of everyone's favorite profane programming language... in the type system.

Could someone teach me why we use Data.Monoid? Magicloud Magiclouds requested some insight to why we use monoids so much in Haskell, leading to a fantastic discussion of all the myriad places Monoids pop up in both Haskell and in Math in general.

Blog noise

Haskell news from the blogosphere. Blog posts from people new to the Haskell community are marked with >>>, be sure to welcome them!

Quotes of the Week

  • Apocalisp: You can't have your baby and eat it too
  • tensorpudding: so you boil lisp for an hour to sift out the parentheses and impurities, make a whitespace sauce with liberal syntactic sugar, and you have haskell a la mode
  • ddarius: I'm not aware of anything (including C++) that can seamlessly talk to C++ code.
  • ksf: is Data.Data.Data some kind of reference to swedish chefs?
  • IceDane: [on escaping an imperative mindset]: <kmc> i recommend heavy drinking <IceDane> I've tried that. I just have fun and wake up and feel like shit the day after. but still think in loops.
  • jpet: Ok, after studying the generated core a bit, I can conclude that generated core is somewhat hard to follow.
  • Adamant: [on the update complexity of Data.Map] I read that as 'Oleg(n)'
  • skorpan: I did not have impure relations with that language

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