[Haskell-cafe] Status of Haskell + Mac + GUIs & graphics

Conal Elliott conal at conal.net
Wed May 18 21:33:13 CEST 2011

Last I heard, wx still had the problem of crashing its host the second time
one opens a window (which is typical in ghci). And last I heard, Jeremy
O'Donoghue (cc'd) was exploring solutions but had very little time to pursue
them.  - Conal

On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 11:42 AM, Tom Murphy <amindfv at gmail.com> wrote:

> > My conclusion was that GLFW-b (on hackage) is the best we have right
> > now.  I think we could do even better than the C libraries out there
> > by writing the GLUT/GLFW/etc implementation purely in Haskell.  We
> > already have x11 and gtk bindings for the linux support.  We have
> > win32 api bindings for windows support.  What we are lacking is good
> > low level support for OSX GUI programming.  Once we have that it's not
> > too much of a stretch to use cabal to glue it together into a cross
> > platform library.  I believe that's the right way to go for the long
> > term.  Improving GLFW-b is a good short-term route.
> Would it be possible to do it with wx? There would be a much larger
> potential developer pool, since it's cross-platform. (Not getting away
> from C libraries, but they're stable).
> > And just to say it one more time, I can use all the help I can get.
> > There are a lot of yaks to be shaved.  My hope is that if we all shave
> > one yak then we'll quickly have the libraries we need to do some
> > serious graphics hacking in Haskell.  We already have many good
> > libraries for it, we just need to improve and polish a few key
> > libraries.  The momentum is here and a few people have already jumped
> > in.  Time to get on board!
> Count me as onboard; I'm just not sure which ship I'm on yet.
> Tom
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