[Haskell-beginners] Designing complex Haskell programs
courtney at crlog.info
Sun Jan 5 08:42:26 UTC 2014
Didn't see your response, my gmail auto filter marks my haskell messages as
read and puts them in a folder so I have to explicitly check to see. Anyway:
The bit of code I'm stuck on is:
startServer :: NodeSettings -> IO ()
startServer conf = do
print "Bootstrapping, trying to reach configured seed nodes"
let cluster = G.bootstrapNode $ seedNodes conf
print "Initializing Gossip"
gossip cluster conf
print "Listening for client connections"
listenForClients cluster conf
print "Server shutting down..."
The recursive version I had that was similar to yours has long since gone
because I couldn't get it to work.
bootstrapNode returns [RemoteNode].
So at the moment the cluster info is fetched once and that's it, where it
falls apart in my head is when I try to change this so that cluster is
updated every n seconds.
listenForClients is on the main thread with each accepted connection run
All I came up with was after "gossip conf" , I could do
forkIO someFn where
someFn = do
let cluster = G.bootstrapNode $ seedNodes conf
but obviously this doesn't work because my "gossip" and "listenForClients"
functions already have an immutable version of cluster. So I'm not sure how
to get the updated version to those fns.
Bare in mind that listenForClients and gossip are doing something similar to
withSocketsDo $ do
sock <- listenOn $ PortNumber(fromInteger gossipPort)
so only accepting a new connection causes those threads to do anything, but
when a connection is accepted, if the request demands the cluster data
those fns shouldn't go off gathering the data and shouldn't send the
(probably) out dated one from the initialization but instead the one that's
been updated every n in the background.
On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 6:17 PM, Bob Ippolito <bob at redivi.com> wrote:
> I wouldn't recommend going down the path of using IORef or MVar for
> everything, it's not easy to build robust systems that way. Do you mind
> showing the code that you tried that "fell apart"? I'm sure there's a
> slightly different way to structure it that would work just fine, probably
> using some kind of message passing.
> On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 9:57 AM, Courtney Robinson <courtney at crlog.info>wrote:
>> Thanks to both of you for your reply.
>> I have something similar to your example Bob, wasn't sure if it was a
>> good way forward. Plus it fell apart when I tried contacting multiple hosts
>> on different threads using forkIO. But with Daniel's response I'll look
>> into MVars.
>> Thanks again
>> On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM, Bob Ippolito <bob at redivi.com> wrote:
>>> Generally speaking, state lives on the call stack in functional
>>> programming languages that have tail call elimination. Modification of the
>>> state is done by recursion with a new value for the state. This is more or
>>> less equivalent to a "do while" loop in imperative programming.
>>> myServer :: State -> IO ()
>>> myServer state = do
>>> state' <- updateState state
>>> myServer state'
>>> For the concurrency, Control.Concurrent or Cloud Haskell (for a higher
>>> level Erlang-like approach) is probably the way to go here. Parallel and
>>> Concurrent Programming in Haskell is a great resource:
>>> On Fri, Jan 3, 2014 at 8:45 AM, Courtney Robinson <courtney at crlog.info>wrote:
>>>> I'm trying to take the training wheels of and moving more of my code
>>>> base to Haskell from C++ but finding it increasingly tricky.
>>>> I have a subset of a gossip protocol written in C++.
>>>> When a server comes online it connects to 1 or more nodes already in
>>>> the cluster and get data from them about other nodes they know of.
>>>> The new node merges the information and keeps a copy of the merged
>>>> view. Every so often it contacts the nodes it knows about and refreshes the
>>>> merged view. It also must have the up to date view ready to be sent in
>>>> response to a new node joining.
>>>> I currently can't wrap my head around how to maintain this state. How
>>>> would a more experienced Haskeller approach this problem? Code is OK if it
>>>> demonstrates a particular point but I'm more interested in the line of
>>>> thought that would go into designing a solution as I suspect that'll be
>>>> more useful as I get further into the migration.
>>>> As a gauge to you for my current level in Haskell. I read and
>>>> understand most Haskell programs fine. I write some but currently heavily
>>>> rely on hackage/hoogle docs for APIs, even some common ones.
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