[Haskell-cafe] Open-source projects for beginning Haskell students?

Carter Tazio Schonwald carter.schonwald at gmail.com
Sat Mar 17 00:12:36 CET 2012

Hey Chris,   
I'm up for working on pg simple a bit, partly for my own ends.  Email me off list and I'll elaborate further, but one thing I'd  really like to do is flesh out the geometry/gis bits.  

Carter Tazio Schonwald

On Friday, March 16, 2012 at 5:07 PM, Christopher Done wrote:

> On 16 March 2012 21:28, Brent Yorgey <byorgey at seas.upenn.edu> wrote:
> > 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
> > yet".
> >  
> I have a bunch of small Haskell projects and I would enjoy helping
> someone contribute to them. The problem would be finding projects that
> are actually interesting to a student. The only ones I can think of,
> that are trivial to work on, are:
> * https://github.com/chrisdone/freenect Requires a Kinect device
> (your students have X-Box right?). This is my Kinect interface. Who
> doesn't love devices with video and depth perception? Currently it
> only supports depth perception, as that's all I wanted from it, but
> one could fairly straight-forwardly add video support. This would
> require some mentoring and helping along as it requires not only
> Haskell knowledge, but it needs some C code and using the FFI. It took
> me a weekend to figure out and write the depth perception part, with
> help a newbie could tackle video within four weeks. Alternatively --
> there's also the opportunity to write some simple motion detection
> stuff with the existing code.
> * https://github.com/chrisdone/stepeval This is benmachine's project
> to evaluate Haskell in steps. It's currently on hpaste.org, but it's
> rather incomplete. Fleshing this out to support more syntax would be
> nice. Not sure if this is actually interesting to anyone else. But
> it's a good way to solidify your understanding of Haskell's evaluation
> model and syntax, maybe.
> * https://github.com/chrisdone/css Making this very trivial CSS
> library well-typed could be easy and useful.
> * https://github.com/chrisdone/wordnik A little interface to the
> Wordnik online dictionary service. I kinda started this but didn't
> finish it. Once done though we can send it to Wordnik and they'll for
> sure stick it on their libraries page.
> * https://github.com/chrisdone/amelie (hpaste.org) The only one that
> is relevant to the Haskell community, but I don't have any features
> that need doing on it, as far as I'm aware. I think the code is fairly
> easy to grok, though. Could be an opportunity for adding some feature,
> and it'll be used by a fair chunk of the Haskell community.
> * https://github.com/chrisdone/pgsql-simple The PostgreSQL library
> that amelie uses, it's a raw tcp/ip socket interface to the server,
> fairly trivial and yet interesting (to me) and useful. Needs more
> authentication methods, and I have some opportunities for optimizing
> some things. Tests and benchmarks for it would be good too, and
> probably easy to write.
> * https://github.com/chrisdone/hulk My IRC server that we use at work
> could do with a better logging mechanism than a file full of JSON.
> Probably a DB backend. I don't know if any student would care at all
> about such a project.
> Yeah… I don't really work on interesting projects, I won't bother
> listing the rest. Nor are they a big deal for the community. I'm sure
> the Hackage2 guys can do with some help. The ecosystem of Yesod,
> Happstack and Snap always has a bunch of libraries that could do with
> some fleshing out, I'd estimate. Another idea might be hacking on
> Leksah, which can always have more features.
> Ciao!
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