[Haskell-cafe] Smooth developer experience with Cloud IDE for modern Haskell now

Richard Eisenberg rae at richarde.dev
Mon Apr 26 15:12:31 UTC 2021

Hi Compl,

Thanks for building this! Having a proper web-based IDE would indeed be a boon for Haskell.

Just in case others try this: I had a hard time figuring out how to start. Eventually, I found the `ghci-code` folder in the panel at the left, and then some Haskell files in there. I went into the `tutor` directory and opened up `Tutor1.hs`, which has "Run cell" widgets. Clicking one launched GHCi. Then I could get my way toward loading the files I wanted. I'm sure there's a better way, but I have no experience with VSCode, never mind gitpod.io <http://gitpod.io/>.

Still, in just a few minutes of tinkering, I found this to be a far better online experience than I had previously encountered. It still would be nice to have an even lighter-weight "here's a .hs file and you can load it in GHCi", but this is great for serious development (it seems).


> On Apr 22, 2021, at 5:19 AM, YueCompl via Haskell-Cafe <haskell-cafe at haskell.org> wrote:
> Dear Cafe,
> I'd like to share that I find that, we can have rather smooth developer experience for Haskell, on cloud, now. 
> Gitpod (https://gitpod.io <https://gitpod.io/>) recently supported VSCode in addition to Eclipse Theia, making the UX much more smoother, with proper Gitpod workspace setup, now it's much easier for Haskell beginners, as well as chromeOS and Windows users to painlessly onboard modern Haskell.
> Github codespaces (https://github.com/features/codespaces <https://github.com/features/codespaces>) is up coming too, there sure will be industry strength cloud infrastructures for serious Haskell development soon.
> And the setup can be fully automated, a full fledged Cloud IDE for modern Haskell development, is only a click away, see my demo:
> https://github.com/complyue/GHCiCode#readme <https://github.com/complyue/GHCiCode#readme>
> I also expect more beginner-friendly tutorials can be written this way, especially for Windows users, they'll be able to touch & feel the mass without going through painful setup procedures.
> Sincerely,
> Compl
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