[Haskell-cafe] Announcing GHC iOS

Luke Iannini lukexipd at gmail.com
Thu Aug 29 22:56:22 CEST 2013

Stephen provided some more credits — thanks so much to all!

Three connected projects concerning cross-compilation:

*Registerised ARM support, added using David Terei's LLVM compiler back end
with Stephen Blackheath doing an initial ARMv5 version and LLVM patch and
Karel Gardas working on floating point support, ARMv7 compatibility and
LLVM headaches. Ben Gamari did work on the runtime linker for ARM.

*General cross-compiling, with much work by Stephen Blackheath and Gabor
Greif (though many others have worked on this).

*A cross-compiler for Apple iOS. iOS-specific parts were mostly Stephen
Blackheath with Luke Iannini on the Cabal patch, testing and supporting
infrastructure, also with assistance and testing by Miëtek Bak and Jonathan
Fischoff, and thanks to many others for testing; The iOS cross compiler was
started back in 2009 by Stephen Blackheath with funding from Ryan Trinkle
of iPwn Studios.

Thanks to Ian Lynagh for making it easy for us with integration, makefile
refactoring and patience, and to David Terei for LLVM assistance.

On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 1:43 PM, Luke Iannini <lukexipd at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all!
> (in case you don't read /r/haskell : ))
> Stephen Blackheath and I are extremely happy to report that as of today,
> GHC can natively build binaries for iOS devices and the iOS Simulator.
> You'll find everything you need here:
> http://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/Building/CrossCompiling/iOS
> The short of it is you can use "ghc-ios myFiles.hs" to get a universal
> ARMv7/ARMv7s/i386 static library to drop straight into an Xcode project.
> Stephen's already working on some wonderful FRP-powered games, I'm working
> on a project called SpaceTime that I'll announce shortly, and you may now
> all begin creating insanely great iOS software using the finest language in
> the world : ).
> Stephen deserves the lion's share of the credit for this project — it's
> been over 3 years in the making! Many thanks to Maxwell Swadling for
> generalizing static library builds into a -staticlib flag for GHC, Carter
> Schonwald for compilation guidance, and the venerable Austin Seipp for
> reviewing and merging our patches.
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