[Haskell-cafe] Haskell Weekly News: Issue 167 - February 02, 2011

Daniel Santa Cruz dstcruz at gmail.com
Thu Feb 3 01:44:18 CET 2011

   Welcome to issue 167 of the HWN, a newsletter covering developments in
   the [1]Haskell community. This release covers the week of January 23 to
   29, 2011.

   This week I've added a section which compiles a list of the top answers
   given in StackOverflow during the week. These seem to be of more
   interest to more experienced Haskell users than the newbie questions
   usually posted on the site. See what you think.


   R. Emre Basar [2]annouced the release of follower, a tool that allows
   you to follow people's tweets without having an account with Twitter.

   Alberto Ruiz [3]announced hmatrix version 0.11, a package for numerical
   computation based on LAPACK and SGL.

   Michael Snoyman [4]made some point updates for WAI and Warp. "They fix
   some documentation issues, add some status aliases, make it possible to
   handle exceptions more easily, and make things more responsive on

   Antoine Latter [5]announced a minor point release for Parsec 3.1.0.

   John Meacham [6]announced version 0.7.7 of jhc is out! "This release
   fixes a large number of bugs that cropped up when compiling haskell out
   in the wild as well as adds some more features. A major one being the
   garbage collector is enabled by default."

Quotes of the Week

     * Twey: Maybe Bool: the Haskell equivalent to True/False/FileNotFound
     * elliott: Only two things in the universe are certain: Death, and
       two of the libraries you've decided to use taking different types
       of ByteString.
     * shapr: my personal heuristics judge Haskell as totally practical,
       perhaps too practical.
     * monochrom: the guys that I see when I look into the irc window
       believe that I'm just a bunch of text.
     * bernardh: Refactoring: spend a week to get where you were
     * Question: How do I use "fix", and how does it work? Answer (by
       TomMD): The prank answer is "fix has no real use, it's just there
       so you can type 'fix error' in ghci and feel good about yourself."

Top Reddit Stories

   * Haskell at Bump
     Domain: devblog.bu.mp, Score: 44, Comments: 9
     On Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/f8cr8/haskell_at_bump/
     Original: http://devblog.bu.mp/haskell-at-bump

   * How to write a simple TCP Server in Haskell
     Domain: catonmat.net, Score: 35, Comments: 5
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://catonmat.net/blog/simple-haskell-tcp-server

   * Snap Framework article in IEEE Internet Computing
     Domain: steve.vinoski.net, Score: 32, Comments: 1
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://steve.vinoski.net/blog/2011/01/21/column-on-the-snap-framework/

   * My Dream GHCi Session, Take 2
     Domain: cdsmith.wordpress.com, Score: 23, Comments: 5
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://cdsmith.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/my-dream-ghci-session-take-2/

   * Text: a visual programming language based on Haskell, demo
     Domain: vimeo.com, Score: 20, Comments: 3
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://vimeo.com/19273744

   * Hoogle Embed
     Domain: neilmitchell.blogspot.com, Score: 16, Comments: 3
     On Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/f7iqa/hoogle_embed/
     Original: http://neilmitchell.blogspot.com/2011/01/hoogle-embed.html

   * What does this mean for Haskell on Android?
     Domain: reddit.com, Score: 15, Comments: 12
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/f97zh/google_not_happy_with_number_of_android_app/c1ebkji

   * Evolving a computer with Genprog (exercises from the TECS book)
     Domain: jpmoresmau.blogspot.com, Score: 13, Comments:
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://jpmoresmau.blogspot.com/2011/01/evolving-computer-with-tecs-and-genprog.html

   * All about MVars : Inside T5
     Domain: blog.ezyang.com, Score: 13, Comments: 4
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://blog.ezyang.com/2011/02/all-about-mvars/

   * What textbooks would be useful to start approaching the
low-hanging fruit on the ghc project?
     Domain: self.haskell, Score: 12, Comments: 8
     On Reddit:
     Original: /r/haskell/comments/f8dm5/what_textbooks_would_be_useful_to_start/

Top StackOverflow Answers

   * What is an idiomatic way to add lists in Haskell?
     Votes: 14
     Read on SO:

     There is a zipWith library function that combines two lists by using
     a supplied function. It does exactly what you want here and you get:

    	  addLists = zipWith (+)

     This uses (+) to combine the elements of lists given as further arguments.

   * Why don't the Haskell standard libraries make more use of polymorphism?
     Votes: 15
     Read on SO:

     There is a very good pragmatic reason that "standard" Haskell
     (Prelude + base + maybe some more) doesn't use more polymorphism:

     Designing general-use type classes is hard. Good designs for classes that
     abstract over container types like lists, arrays and
"bytestrings" (personally
     I don't really consider Bytestring a container) aren't floating
round waiting  …

   * How do I use fix, and how does it work?
     Votes: 17
     Read on SO:

     You are doing nothing wrong.  fix id is an infinite loop.

     When we say that fix returns the least fixed point of a function, we
     mean that in the domain theory sense.  So fix (\x -> 2*x-1) is not going
     to return 1, because although 1 is a fixed point of that function, it
     is not the least one in the domain ordering.

     I can't describe the domain ordering in  …

Top StackOverflow Questions

   * Why don't the Haskell standard libraries make more use of polymorphism?
     votes: 20, answers: 4
     Read on SO:

   * How do I use fix, and how does it work?
     votes: 11, answers: 3
     Read on SO:

   * Why wrapping the Data.Binary.Put monad creates a memory leak?
     votes: 11, answers: 2
     Read on SO:

   * Is there any kind of statistical natural language processing
library for Haskell?
     votes: 9, answers: 1
     Read on SO:

   * How do you structure a stateful module in Haskell?
     votes: 8, answers: 2
     Read on SO:

About the Haskell Weekly News

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   Special thanks to Jean-Philippe Gariepy for sending in a quote for this
   week's quotes! We need more eyes!

   To help create new editions of this newsletter, please send stories to
   dstcruz at gmail.com. I'm in dire need of finding good "quotes of the
   week". If you happen to come across any, please don't hesitate to send
   it along.

   Until next time,
   Daniel Santa Cruz


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   2. http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.cafe/85566
   3. http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.cafe/85648
   4. https://groups.google.com/d/topic/haskell-cafe/Yd2ADZzonSI/discussion
   5. http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.cafe/85761
   6. https://groups.google.com/d/topic/fa.haskell/T6EM4jbhj8w/discussion

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