FW: [Haskell-cafe] [Call for Contributions] Haskell Communities and Activities Report, May 2017 edition (32nd edition)

Simon Peyton Jones simonpj at microsoft.com
Mon Apr 3 10:54:21 UTC 2017


Will you coordinate the GHC status report for HCAR?

Everyone: please don’t leave Ben doing all the heavy lifting. He'll sketch a structure but it's up to the rest of us to fill it in.  These six monthly reports are widely read, I think.


-----Original Message-----
From: Haskell-Cafe [mailto:haskell-cafe-bounces at haskell.org] On Behalf Of Mihai Maruseac
Sent: 03 April 2017 01:42
To: Haskell <haskell at haskell.org>; haskell <haskell-cafe at haskell.org>; Haskell Beginners <beginners at haskell.org>
Subject: [Haskell-cafe] [Call for Contributions] Haskell Communities and Activities Report, May 2017 edition (32nd edition)

Dear all,

We would like to collect contributions for the 32nd edition (10000th
edition) of the

               Haskell Communities & Activities Report


                Submission deadline: 30 April 2017

           (please send your contributions to hcar at haskell.org,
            in plain text or LaTeX format, both are equally accepted) ============================================================

This is the short story:

* If you are working on any project that is in some way related to Haskell, please write a short entry and submit it. Even if the project is very small or unfinished or you think it is not important enough
--- please reconsider and submit an entry anyway!

* If you are interested in an existing project related to Haskell that has not previously been mentioned in the HCAR, please tell us, so that we can contact the project leaders and ask them to submit an entry.

* If you are working on a project that is looking for contributors, please write a short entry and submit it, mentioning that your are looking for contributors.

* Feel free to pass on this call for contributions to others that might be interested.

More detailed information:

The Haskell Communities & Activities Report is a bi-annual overview of the state of Haskell as well as Haskell-related projects over the last, and possibly the upcoming six months. If you have only recently been exposed to Haskell, it might be a good idea to browse the previous edition --- you will find interesting projects described as well as several starting points and links that may provide answers to many questions.

Contributions will be collected until the submission deadline. They will then be compiled into a coherent report that is published online as soon as it is ready. As always, this is a great opportunity to update your webpages, make new releases, announce or even start new projects, or to talk about developments you want every Haskeller to know about!

Looking forward to your contributions,

Mihai Maruseac


Q: What format should I write in?

A: The usual format is a LaTeX source file, adhering to the template that is available at:


There is also a LaTeX style file at


that you can use to preview your entry.

If you do not know LaTeX or don't want to use it or don't have time to translate your entry into it, then please use plain text, it is better to have an entry in plain-text which we will translate than not have it at all.

If you modify an old entry that you have written for an earlier edition of the report, you should soon receive your old entry as a template (provided we have your valid email address). Please modify that template, rather than using your own version of the old entry as a template.

Q: Can I include Haskell code?

A: Yes. Please use lhs2tex syntax
(http://www.andres-loeh.de/lhs2tex/). The report is compiled in mode polycode.fmt.

Q: Can I include images?

A: Yes, you are even encouraged to do so. Please use .jpg or .png format, then. PNG is preferred for simplicity.

Q: Should I send files in .zip archives or similar?

A: No, plain file attachments are the way.

Q: How much should I write?

A: Authors are asked to limit entries to about one column of text. A general introduction is helpful. Apart from that, you should focus on recent or upcoming developments. Pointers to online content can be given for more comprehensive or "historic" overviews of a project.
Images do not count towards the length limit, so you may want to use this opportunity to pep up entries. There is no minimum length of an entry! The report aims for being as complete as possible, so please consider writing an entry, even if it is only a few lines long.

Q: Which topics are relevant?

A: All topics which are related to Haskell in some way are relevant.
We usually had reports from users of Haskell (private, academic, or commercial), from authors or contributors to projects related to Haskell, from people working on the Haskell language, libraries, on language extensions or variants. We also like reports about distributions of Haskell software, Haskell infrastructure, books and tutorials on Haskell. Reports on past and upcoming events related to Haskell are also relevant. Finally, there might be new topics we do not even think about. As a rule of thumb: if in doubt, then it probably is relevant and has a place in the HCAR. You can also simply ask us.

Q: Is unfinished work relevant? Are ideas for projects relevant?

A: Yes! You can use the HCAR to talk about projects you are currently working on. You can use it to look for other developers that might help you. You can use HCAR to ask for more contributors to your project, it is a good way to gain visibility and traction.

Q: If I do not update my entry, but want to keep it in the report, what should I do?

A: Tell us that there are no changes. The old entry will typically be reused in this case, but it might be dropped if it is older than a year, to give more room and more attention to projects that change a lot. Do not resend complete entries if you have not changed them.

Q: Will I get confirmation if I send an entry? How do I know whether my email has even reached its destination, and not ended up in a spam folder?

A: Prior to publication of the final report, we will send a draft to all contributors, for possible corrections. So if you do not hear from us within two weeks after the deadline, it is safer to send another mail and check whether your first one was received.

Mihai Maruseac (MM)
"If you can't solve a problem, then there's an easier problem you can
solve: find it." -- George Polya
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