[Haskell-cafe] Greetings! 2D Graphics?

Eugene Kirpichov ekirpichov at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 02:33:22 EST 2009

2009/12/4 M Xyz <functionallyharmonious at yahoo.com>

> Greetings, my name is M. This is my first time posting to a mailing list so
> forgive me if I've done something wrong. I just finished "Real World
> Haskell" and am currently working through "School of Expression". I am new
> to Haskell but I already love it. My question is this...
> I am interested in doing graphics work in Haskell, but I am lost trying to
> pick a library. I've been designing engineering apps in Java for 6 years and
> I'll admit I've been coddled by its standard library, lol. I am looking for
> something very lightweight with the basic capabilities of Java's Graphics2D
> class (antialias, composite, clipping, transformation, simple drawing
> primitives, gradients). I want something simple and "lightweight" because my
> interest is to play with building higher level abstractions myself.
> I use XP and Ubuntu so I'd prefer not to use the Graphics-Win32 library
> used by "School of Expression" if there is a platform independent library.
> I've read through
> http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/Applications_and_libraries/Graphics and
> the pertinent libraries seem to be Haven, HGL or Cairo via Gtk2Hs right?
> Which is the most popular/active and appropriate for a beginner to start
> working with?
I wrote http://hackage.haskell.org/package/timeplot and somewhat extended
http://hackage.haskell.org/package/Chart for that. Chart is based on Cairo
and I found it (Cairo) very easy and intuitive to use, yet quite powerful
and performant. However, it is not a combinator library although you can
make one based on it, if that's what you're looking for. There are quite a
few graphics libraries based on Cairo on hackage, which means I'm not alone

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Eugene Kirpichov
Web IR developer, market.yandex.ru
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