[Haskell-cafe] Poll & plea: State of GUI & graphics libraries in Haskell

Henk-Jan van Tuyl hjgtuyl at chello.nl
Fri Sep 27 22:39:17 CEST 2013

On Fri, 27 Sep 2013 05:32:18 +0200, Conal Elliott <conal at conal.net> wrote:

> I'm polling to see whether there are will and expertise to reboot  
> graphics
> and GUIs work in Haskell.
> * cross-platform,
> * easily buildable,
> * GHCi-friendly, and
> * OpenGL-compatible.
> wxHaskell
> (whose API and visual appearance I prefered) has for years been
> incompatible with GHCi, in that the second time I open a top-level  
> window,
> the host process (GHCi) dies abruptly.
> * Am I mistaken about the current status? I.e., is there a solution for
> Haskell GUI & graphics programming that satisfies the properties I'm
> looking for (cross-platform, easily buildable, GHCi-friendly, and
> OpenGL-compatible)?
> * Are there people willing and able to fix this situation? My own
> contributions would be to test and to share high-level composable and
> efficient GUI and graphics libraries on top of a working foundation.

  - wxHaskell is now actively maintained; several people have contributed  
new functionality and solutions to bugs. I hope there will be more people  
to help squash bugs, extend functionality and make the installation  
procedure easier.
  - The problems with GHCi will probably be solved with GHC 7.8.
  - OpenGL is supported

Henk-Jan van Tuyl

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