Haskell Weekly News: Issue 145 - January 10 , 2010

Submitted by jfredett on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 10:58am.
Haskell Weekly News: January 10, 2010

Welcome to issue 145 of HWN, a newsletter covering developments in the Haskell community.

Welcome back Haskellers to the HWN! After a short hiatus we return with a megaedition covering the last three weeks of Haskell news and discussion. Needless to say, lots of new package and event announcements, as well as some really great discussions (the discussion about 'lawless' uninstances of Functors was particularly interesting) over the holiday break. Hopefully everyone had a safe and happy holiday season, and is back now steadily working off the winter-weight (in accordance with resolutions or no) by tapping steadily at the keyboard, producing wonderful new packages for me to place in this, your Haskell Weekly News!


Last CfP for TGC 2010: EXTENDED deadline Jan. 20 2010. Emilio Tuosto announced an extension to the TGC'10 call for papers.

SourceGraph- and Graphalyze- Ivan Lazar Miljenovic announced new releases of the SourceGraph and Graphalyze packages.

Streaming Component Combinators 0.4. Mario Blazevic announced version 0.4 of Streaming Component Combinators (SCC).

safer-file-handles-0.1. Bas van Dijk announced a new member of the 'monadic regions' family -- safer-file-handles. This package provides safety features on top of System.IO for handling file handles and operations.

HOR 2010 1st CALL FOR ABSTRACTS. Frederic Blanqui 1f4e gmane.comp.lang.haskell.general/17710 announced the first call for abstracts for the Fifth International Workshop on Higher-Order Rewriting.

vty- Corey O'Connor announced a new version of the vty package.

stm-io-hooks-0.6.0. Peter Robinson announced a new version of stm-io-hooks. This version includes major interface changes, including the elimation of the 'onRetry' combinator.

hecc-0.2. Marcel Fourne announced the second release of his elliptic curve cryptography package, hecc. This release includes a license change to the BSD3 license, speed improvements, and new algorithms for point multiplication, as well as other changes.

ghc-6.12.1 binary package for OpenSolaris. Michael Lee announced a binary package availability of ghc-6.12 for OpenSolaris.

Final Call for Participation: TLDI'10. Andrew Kennedy announced the final call for participation in TLDI'10, the Workshop on Types in Language Design and Implementation.

Haskell Web News: Looking back on 2009. Don Stewart announced The Haskell Web News, a monthly summary of the hottest news about the Haskell programming language.

hakyll-0.4. Jasper Van der Jeugt announced the release of hakyll, a static site generator library.

system-uuid-1.2.0. Jason Dusek announced a new release of system-uuid.

New versions of ALL the monadic regions packages. Bas van Dijk announced a new version of all of the monadic regions packages, explanation of what this means is best left to the original post, linked previously.

tuntap-0.0.1. John Van Enk announced a new package, extracted from his in-progress VPN project. This package provides access to the TUN/TAP device in Linux.

CPython / libpython bindings. John Millikin announced a package providing bindings to the C API for CPython/libpython.


Typed Configuration Files. Sebastian Fischer asked about whether there was an analogue to CmdArgs for config files.

Review request for my permutations implementation. CK Kashyap asked for a review of his implementation of a function for finding permutations -- in addition to a review he asked for earlier for code involving monads. The result is a nice pair of threads with introductory material about idiomatic, efficient Haskell code.

lawless instances of Functor. Paul Brauner asked about 'lawless' instances (Editor's Note: more so -- 'uninstances', since by definition, it cannot be a functor without satisfying the laws, even if it an instance can be written) of the `Functor` class. This is in an effort to better understand how Functors work in Haskell and in the wider theory.

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

  • fasta: Haskell is like an efficient version of Python and is used for the same things.
  • koeien37: there are the languages that everybody complains about, and the languages that nobody use
  • Pseudonym: Olegs can be warded off by adding a note claiming that it's impossible to implement in the type system.
  • elly: I leave for five minutes and godel numbering of endofunctors is invokved as a potential proof that the universe is simulated. Thanks, #haskell :P
  • kmc: a monad is like an invisible train filled with jello traveling backwards in time
  • conal: "Obviously" is one of those words that is most useful when it is least true
  • Jafet: Javascript is pretty much a DSL for making your web browser take up more CPU
  • copumpkin: limpac: in this channel we're all automata with no feelings, except for the occasional feeling of hate.
  • dmhouse: I'm not sure it's working correctly but it sure is fast...
  • Cale: We need a bunch of "Will it monad?" video clips, with "It monads!" at the end of each.
  • merijn: I run on HST (Hacker Standard Time) which is essentially current time zone -3
  • ray: [about an anti-FP blog post] i came up with some contrived example, announced that it's impossible, and therefore FP sucks
  • hiredman: I used to think "dons" was a title, like people who were recognized as being really good at haskell were called dons

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