[Haskell-cafe] Haskell Weekly News: Issue 166 - January 26, 2011

Daniel Santa Cruz dstcruz at gmail.com
Thu Jan 27 05:14:48 CET 2011

   Welcome to issue 166 of the HWN, a newsletter covering developments in
   the [1]Haskell community. This release covers the week of January 16 to
   22, 2011.


   Sukit Tretriluxana [2]proudly announced version 1.0 of SiteBridge. He
   also included a short introductory video.

   Mark Wright [3]annouced the release of a Haskell binding to ANTLR LL(*)
   parser generator C runtime library.

   Jasper Van der Jeugt [4]inveted everyone to the 6th Ghent Functional
   Group Meeting to be held on Feb 17, 2011 in the Technicum Building
   (Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 41, 9000 Gent) of Ghent University. I know I'm
   not the only one who wishing I could attend!.

Quotes of the Week

     * Guy Steele: Although Fortress is originally designed as an
       object-oriented framework in which to build an array-style
       scientific programming language, [...] as we've experimented with
       it and tried to get the parallelism going we found ourselves pushed
       more and more in the direction of using immutable data structures
       and a functional style of programming. [...] If I'd known seven
       years ago what I know now, I would have started with Haskell and
       pushed it a tenth of the way toward Fortran instead of starting
       with Fortran and pushing it nine tenths of the way toward Haskell.

     * geheimdienst:ah, yes. now we have to make a lambdacat captioned
       "kittehs no bery gud at speling. we says leksah fur lexer and monad
       fur moniod in catagory of ennobunktors"

     * mreh:some jerk said to me over my shoulder once, if you're doing
       functional programming, why do you have all those assignments?

     * revenantphx:You don't need category theory to understand Haskell,
       though you may need it to understand #haskell.

     * tolkad:haskell isn't even turing complete without infinite memory

     * monochrom:C-c C-p was the secret command for sending a report to
       the kgb

     * Draconx|Laptop:Rice's theorem: Let P be an interesting problem that
       you want to solve with a computer. Haha, you're screwed!

     * monochrom:one ring to rule them all! and in your monad >>= them!

Top Reddit Stories

   * Haskell's Own DLL Hell
     Domain: cdsmith.wordpress.com, Score: 51, Comments: 27
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://cdsmith.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/haskells-own-dll-hell/

   * [CCC] On how Haskell’s Arrows are NOT just function compositions
with a fancier name
     Domain: ro-che.info, Score: 40, Comments: 4
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://ro-che.info/ccc/12.html

   * Announcing the Warp web server (benchmarks inside)
     Domain: docs.yesodweb.com, Score: 36, Comments: 12
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://docs.yesodweb.com/blog/announcing-warp/

   * The ABCs of semantics
     Domain: haskell.org, Score: 33, Comments: 0
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/haskell-cafe/2011-January/088315.html

   * Thoughts on node.js and Haskell
     Domain: moreindirection.blogspot.com, Score: 33, Comments: 10
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://moreindirection.blogspot.com/2011/01/thoughts-on-nodejs.html

   * A low level performance comparison of simple operations on
unboxed integer arrays between Haskell/GHC (6.12.1) and OCaml (3.12.0)
(and also C) [originally on Proggit]
     Domain: lix.polytechnique.fr, Score: 32, Comments: 16
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://www.lix.polytechnique.fr/~kaustuv/expo/incr_uarray/

   * The Butterfly Effect in Cabal
     Domain: cdsmith.wordpress.com, Score: 29, Comments: 8
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://cdsmith.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/the-butterfly-effect-in-cabal/

   * Painless NP-complete problems: an embedded DSL for SMT solving
     Domain: donsbot.wordpress.com, Score: 27, Comments: 2
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://donsbot.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/painless-np-complete-problems-an-embedded-dsl-for-smt-solving/

   * Merging SMT solvers and programming languages
     Domain: corp.galois.com, Score: 26, Comments: 3
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://corp.galois.com/blog/2011/1/18/merging-smt-solvers-and-programming-languages.html

   * Tell Haskellers: GHC's Trac now has source code browsing (courtesy of Git)
     Domain: hackage.haskell.org, Score: 26, Comments: 3
     On Reddit:
     Original: http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/browser

Top StackOverflow Questions

   * Criticize simple monad
     votes: 11, answers: 1
     Read on SO:

   * Parsing function in haskell
     votes: 8, answers: 1
     Read on SO:

   * Possible optimizations in Haskell that are not yet implemented in GHC?
     votes: 7, answers: 1
     Read on SO:

   * Is there a Haskell/ML-like compiler to C?
     votes: 6, answers: 3
     Read on SO:

   * How to find the longest word in list?
     votes: 5, answers: 4
     Read on SO:

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   Until next time,
   Daniel Santa Cruz


   1. http://haskell.org/
   2. http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.cafe/85348
   3. http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.general/18437
   4. http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.cafe/85519

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