[Haskell-cafe] Open-source projects for beginning Haskell students?
byorgey at seas.upenn.edu
Fri Mar 16 21:28:14 CET 2012
I am currently teaching a half-credit introductory Haskell class for
undergraduates. This is the second time I've taught it. The last
time, for their final project I gave them the option of contributing
to an open-source project; a couple groups took me up on it and I
think it ended up being a modest success.
So I'd like to do it again this time around, and am looking for
particular projects I can suggest to them. Do you have an open-source
project with a few well-specified tasks that a relative beginner (see
below) could reasonably make a contribution towards in the space of
about four weeks? I'm aware that most tasks don't fit that profile,
but even complex projects usually have a few "simple-ish" tasks that
haven't yet been done just because "no one has gotten around to it
If you have any such projects, I'd love to hear about it!
Here are a few more details:
* The students will be working on the projects from approximately the
end of this month through the end of April.
* By "relative beginner" I mean someone familiar with the material
listed here: http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~cis194/lectures.html and just
trying to come to terms with Applicative and Monad. They definitely
do not know much if anything about optimization/profiling, GADTs,
the mtl, or Haskell-programming-in-the-large. (Although part of the
point of the project is to teach them a bit about
* What I would hope from you is a willingness to exchange email and/or
chat with the student(s) over the course of the project, to give
them a bit of guidance/mentoring. I am certainly willing to help on
that front, but of course I probably don't know much about your
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