[Haskell-cafe] What library package fulfills these requirements?

Joosten, Han han.joosten at atos.net
Fri Oct 28 09:06:16 CEST 2011

I am planning to give a workshop on FP using Haskell. The audience will be programmers with quite a bit of experience with conventional languages like Java and .net . I want to give them some feeling about FP. And hopefully, they will become interested so they want more...

A couple of years ago, Simon Peyton Jones gave a splendid presentation<http://www.bestechvideos.com/2007/08/09/oscon-2007-simon-peyton-jones-a-taste-of-haskell-part-i> with a comparable goal. He used Xmonad as an example to show some 'real code'. I like this idea, because Xmonad contains some code that is suitable to explain (not too hard to understand), and still gives a feeling about the power of Haskell. However, Xmonad needs X11 to run. Me and most people in the audience are stuck to windows (no flames please ;-s ) , and don't want to fiddle around with cygwin or the likes)
I am wondering what package is suitable to be used as an example too? It needs to fulfill at least the following requirements:
+ I have to be able to explain the purpose of the software in no more than 1 or 2 minutes
+ There should be parts of the code that can be easily linked to the purpose /use of the package
+ These code parts must show the 'prettiness' of Haskell
+ It would be nice if there is something GUI-like to demo, which runs under windows.
+ I prefer not to use some kind of a compiler as an example.

Now the question is: What package would you suggest, and of course, why?


Han Joosten.

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