[Haskell-cafe] Trivial database access in Haskell

Bjorn Bringert bringert at cs.chalmers.se
Tue Dec 12 04:43:54 EST 2006

Hi Paul,

as Simon notes, I maintain HaskellDB. I think that HaskellDB isn't  
exactly what you are looking for at the moment. You seem to want to  
run SQL queries, and HaskellDB is designed to free you from writing SQL.

I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned it yet, but HSQL 1.7 includes  
Oracle support (though I haven't tested it). You can get it from  

Here's what I would do in your situation:

1. Join the #haskell IRC channel on irc.freenode.net.
2. Try to install your chosen library.
3. Ask questions in the IRC channel when you run into problems.  
Chances are that you will have some library and Cabal developers  
there to help you.


On 12 dec 2006, at 10.11, Simon Peyton-Jones wrote:

> Paul
> The people you want are probably
> HDBC            John Goerzen [jgoerzen at complete.org]
> HaskellDB       Anders Höckersten [chucky at dtek.chalmers.se] and
>                 Bjorn Bringert [d00bring at dtek.chalmers.se]
> HSQL            Krasimir Angelov [ka2_mail at yahoo.com]
> Takusen Bayley, Alistair [Alistair_Bayley at ldn.invesco.com]
> (did I miss any?)
> They probably haven't been online since your msg, but I'm sure  
> they'll be keen to help you use the fruit of their labours -- and  
> would welcome your help in documenting them better.  You might also  
> find help on the #haskell IRC channel.
> Simon
> | OK, thanks for the gentle push. After a bit of digging, I decided  
> that
> | the takusen link looked like a darcs repository, and I downloaded
> | darcs and got takusen. I installed GHC 6.6 in a spare VM (no PC  
> round
> | I can install stuff on just now, I'll do this properly later). On  
> the
> | assumption that the takusen.cabal file means I should look at  
> Cabal, I
> | had a dig and found the incantation "runhaskell setup.hs".

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