[Haskell-cafe] Haskell Weekly News: Issue 144 - December 19, 2009
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Haskell Weekly News
Issue 144 - December 19, 2009
Welcome to issue 144 of HWN, a newsletter covering developments in the
The big news this week is the release of the Glorious Glasgow Haskell
compiler version 6.12.1, lots of exciting new improvements,
congratulations from the whole community go out to the devs, good work
GHC Team! Otherwise, this week has been quiet, with some interesting
discussions about associated types and the new GHC, and some excellent
new packages announced. Finally, due to the incoming holidays, there
won't be an HWN for the next two weeks, I'll see you Haskellers in
2010, until then, your Haskell Weekly News!
GHC version 6.12.1. Ian Lynagh announced the (Interactive) Glasgow
Haskell Compiler, version 6.12.1. Including improved support for
parallel execution, Dynamic linking support on Linux, and many other
atom-0.1.4. Tom Hawkins announced a bug fix release of the atom
package, affecting floating point variable initialization.
text 0.7, fast Unicode text. Bryan O'Sullivan announced a new
release of the text package adds support for Unicode I/O
explicit-iomodes-0.1. Bas van Dijk announced explicit-iomodes
version 0.1, a wrapper around System.IO that provides a Handle type
which is parametrized with the IOMode it is in.
Hemkay, the 100% Haskell MOD player. Patai Gergely announced a
Hemkay, an old-school MOD player in pure Haskell.
GT-VMT 2010: deadlines extended. Emilio Tuosto announced a deadline
extension to the GT-VMT call for papers.
Restrictions on associated types for classes. Stephen Lavelle asked
if there was a way to wrap a associated type in a class constraint.
Yay 6.12.1! Evan Laforge talked about some of the changes in the new
version of GHC.
Haskell news from the blogosphere. Blog posts from people new
to the Haskell community are marked with >>>, be sure to welcome them!
* Michael Snoyman: data-object family.
* Bryan O'Sullivan: Making GHC's I/O manager more scalable.
* Conor McBride: Epilogue for Epigram: 2+2=4.
* Sebastian Fischer: Thesis submitted.
* Bryan O'Sullivan: Data.Text 0.7 gains I/O support.
* Ketil Malde: Searching for poly(A) tails.
* Mark Jason Dominus: Monads are like burritos.
* Sean Leather: "Upwards and downwards accumulations on trees"
translated into Haskell.
Quotes of the Week
* yrlnry: <byorgey> yrlnry: just some lady who had a lot of money and
decided she wanted poor grad students to have some of it after she
died... pretty nice of her, actually <yrlnry> senile dementia, more
* Philonous: A 'newbie', in Haskell, is someone who hasn't yet
implemented a compiler. They've only written a monad tutorial.
* kmc: Right, for example Either (pun not intended)
* kmc: One thing I've learned from open-source software is that if
you invent enough wheels, one of them will turn out to be round and
capable of rolling.
* PhilipWadler: To see that "in" and "out" are inverses, stare at the
* kmc: Data.Map is like a C++ STL map<k,v>, without the suck
* edwardkmett: Most monad tutorials are written by people who barely
understand monads, if at all, but unfortunately nothing can stop
someone from writing a monad tutorial. We've tried, there was blood
* Cale: A small category is a monad in the 2-category of spans of
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