[Haskell-cafe] FLTK bindings near completion. Need community assistance ...

Conal Elliott conal at conal.net
Mon Jan 12 20:01:08 UTC 2015

Hi Deech. I build fltk and fltkhs on my MacBook Pro with Mac OS 10.9.5.
Everything went smoothly, and the examples run fine.  -- Conal

On Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 10:39 AM, aditya siram <aditya.siram at gmail.com>

> Hi all,
> I've been working on bindings [1] to the FLTK GUI toolkit [2] and I've
> come to the point where it's mostly complete but I could use some help from
> the community before I put it up on Hackage.
> My hope is to eventually fill the need in the Haskell ecosystem for a
> native GUI library that:
> - runs on all platforms
> - is easily installable
> - is small and fast
> - has a minimum of dependencies. Currently this library uses only base,
> stm, bytestring and c2hs.
> - is conservative with extensions. Currently the most recent extension
> required is GADTs.
> If any of this sounds good to you, I could use some help with:
> - testing the build on Linux and OSX. This should be as simple as
> installing FLTK, cloning the repo [1] and running `cabal build`. Better
> instructions are in included README.
> - getting it to build on Windows. I unfortunately don't have access to a
> Windows machine.
> - getting it to build on older GHC's. I used 7.8.3 because that is what I
> have, but it should work back to the first version of GHC that introduced
> GADTs. Unfortunately the included `Setup.hs` is non-trivial and I been
> having trouble getting it work with versions of Cabal older than 1.20 due
> to breaking API changes across versions.
> - building a single library. Currently the C/C++ wrappers and Haskell
> bindings are two separate statically linked libraries. They are copied to
> the same location so applications built with this package don't have to
> know that, but it would be ideal if it was all-in-one.
> - building a shared library on Mac OSX.
> Any other feedback you have is totally welcome.
> Thanks!
> -deech
> [1] https://github.com/deech/fltkhs
> [2] http://www.fltk.org/index.php
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