[Haskell-cafe] Announcement: Beta of Leksah IDE available

jutaro jnf at arcor.de
Wed Apr 1 01:30:31 EDT 2009

I know its 1. of April, but when I wrote that I started with Leksah June 1997
it was no intentional joke, it was just late at night. I started June 2007.

jutaro wrote:
> I'm proud to announce release 0.4.4 of Leksah, the Haskell IDE written
> in Haskell. 
> Leksahs current features include:
>     * On the fly error reporting with location of compilation errors
>     * Completion 
>     * Import helper for constructing the import statements
>     * Module browser with navigation to definition
>     * Search for identifiers with information about types and comments
>     * Project management support based on Cabal with a visual editor
>     * Haskell customised editor with "source candy"
>     * Configuration with session support, keymaps and flexible panes
> For further information: leksah.org 
> Please don't compare what we have reached to IDE's like VisualStudio,
> Eclipse or NetBeans. I started Leksah June 1997 and work on it in my
> spare time for fun. I started the project for various reasons. One was
> to contribute to make Haskell successful in industry, because I suffer
> from the use of inappropriate programming languages like C, C++, C# or
> Java in my daily job. Another was to contribute to open source, which
> I'm using privately almost exclusively. The first alpha version of
> Leksah was published February 2008. Since the beginning of this year
> Hamish Mackenzie joined the project and merged his Funa project with
> Leksah, which gave a real boost.
> I thank the people who have encouraged and helped me with their
> comments, enthusiasm and support. I learned as well that the IDE issue
> is a controversial theme in the community. I learned that "IDEs are big
> evil nasty things", that "if you need an IDE, something is wrong with
> your language", that it is scientifically proved, that "real cool
> hackers will always use Emacs or vi". Most stupid I found the recurring
> comment: "Every few years there is someone who starts a Haskell IDE
> project and then gives up after a few years.". That will be true for
> Leksah as well, if it will not be accepted and supported by the
> community. The current state of Leksah is a proof of concept, that an
> IDE for Haskell is not a difficult thing to do if the community supports
> it and that it will in my view be of great help and will contribute
> tremendously to spread Haskell.
> So I please the members of the community to pause for a moment and try
> out Leksah with a benevolent attitude.
> Jürgen Nicklisch-Franken 
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