[Haskell-cafe] Re: [Haskell] Google Summer of Code 2009

Sterling Clover s.clover at gmail.com
Thu Feb 12 23:56:07 EST 2009

+1 for some graphical tools for darcs, especially even a graphical  
merge tool (and a console/curses based version as well, to be sure).

And +1 for darcs and xmonad applying as mentoring organizations in  
their own right.

For that matter, it might be worthwhile for GHC to apply as well!  
That would ensure some dedicated compiler slots, and more could be  
contributed from the main haskell.org pool as appropriate.

As well, I know that there's quite a nice new hackage2 almost rolled  
out, but I'm sure that there's at least an SoC project or two worth  
of feature additions to that as well. Off the top of my head, and  
bearing in mind that some might be further along than I think: a  
generalized way to search the package database, slicing and dicing by  
upload time, authors/maintainers, popularity, limiting views to  
packages that build on certain platforms, etc; some thought into  
security measures; a ratings system and associated reviews (thread/ 
wikibased); ways to mark packages as depreciated/for historic  
purposes. And there's bound to be more.

As for numerics, I recall that Greg Wright, who knows whereof he  
speaks, had some particular issues that he thought no existing  
library addressed. I can't recall the details or do them justice, but  
perhaps he might care to enlighten us?


On Feb 12, 2009, at 3:16 AM, Matthew Elder wrote:

> would love to see this.
> basic features first i suppose. here are some of my ideas:
> 1. browseable change history with preview pane (preview pane shows  
> diff and patch message)
> 2. darcs send which goes through the usual interactive console but  
> then prompts with a file save pane where you will save the .dpatch  
> (easy contribution).
> 3. graphical dependency chart for patches (also shows conflict  
> patches as merges).
> On Wed, Feb 11, 2009 at 11:52 PM, Wolfgang Jeltsch  
> <g9ks157k at acme.softbase.org> wrote:
> Am Mittwoch, 11. Februar 2009 20:45 schrieb Gwern Branwen:
> > Here are the projects I favor (in no particular order):
> > […]
> > * A GUI interface to Darcs
> > (http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/summer-of-code/ticket/17); this  
> could
> > possibly be based on TortoiseDarcs http:// 
> tortoisedarcs.sourceforge.net/.
> > Perhaps the specific project could be making TortoiseDarcs not  
> Windows
> > specific?
> I plan to start writing a GUI interface to darcs together with some  
> of our
> students. (However, we don't want to base it on TortoiseDarcs.) So  
> if you
> have ideas of what features such an interface should have, please  
> write me
> quickly.
> > […]
> Best wishes,
> Wolfgang
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