# [Haskell] Call for Contributions -- HC&A Report (May 2005 edition)

Andres Loeh andres at cs.uu.nl
Thu Apr 14 06:11:29 EDT 2005

Dear Haskellers,

it is nearly time for the eighth edition of the

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This is the short story:

* If you are working on any project that is in some way related
to Haskell, write a short entry and submit it to the me.

* If you are interested any project related to Haskell that
has not previously been mentioned in the HC&A Report, tell me,
so that I can contact the project leaders and ask them to submit
an entry.

* Feel free to pass on this call for contributions to others that
might be interested.

More detailed information:

The Haskell Communities & Activities Report is a bi-annual overview of
last, and possibly the upcoming 6 months. If you have only recently
been exposed to Haskell, it might be a good idea to browse the
November 2004 edition -- you will find interesting topics described as
well as several starting points and links that may provide answers to
many questions.

Contributions will be collected until the beginning of May. They will
be compiled into a coherent report which will appear sometime during
May. As always, this is a great opportunity to update your webpages,
make new releases, announce of even start new projects, or to point at
some developments you want every Haskeller to see!

As the purpose of the report is to collect recent or current
activities, we encourage you to update all existing summaries and
reports. We will probably drop any topics that have not had any
activity for the past year, i.e., since May 2004, but we would
very much prefer you to present an updated description of the
topic. Of course, new entries are more than welcome.  Reports should
generally be kept brief and informative, ranging from a few sentences
to a few hundred words, to keep the whole report reasonably sized.

Andres (current editor)

----------------------------------- topics

New suggestions for current hot topics, activities, projects, etc.
are welcome - especially with names and addresses of potential
contacts, but here is a non-exclusive list of likely topics

extensions; Standardization and documentation; Haskell tutorials,
howtos and wikis; Organisation of Haskell tool and library
development; Haskell-related projects and publications; new
research, fancy tools, long-awaited libraries, cool applications;

Feedback from specialist mailing lists to the Haskell community

Announcements: if you've announced anything new on the Haskell
list over the last six months, you'll want to make sure that is
reflected in this edition!

Project pings: if you're maintaining a Haskell tool or library or
somesuch, you'll want to let everyone know that it is still alive
and actively maintained, even if there have been no new additions,
but all the more if there have been new developments.

Tutorials: if you've fought with some previously undocumented
corner of Haskell, and have been kind enough to write down how you
did manage to build that graphical user interface, or if you've
written a tutorial about some useful programming techniques,
and hands-on tutorials that only show how to achieve a certain
practical task would do a lot to make things easier for new

Applications: if you've been working quietly, using Haskell for
some interesting project or application (commercial or otherwise),
you might want to let others know about what you're using Haskell

programming for non-Haskell things seems to recur with reasonable
for our report?

Feedback: if you're on one of the many specialist Haskell mailing
lists, you'll want to report on whatever progress has been made
there (GUI API discussions, library organisation, etc.)

If you're unsure whether a contact for your area of work has come
forward yet, have a look at the report's potential topics page, or
get in touch with me.  I have contacted last time's contributors,
hoping they will volunteer to provide updates of their reports, and
will update the contacts on the topics page fairly regularly.  But
where you don't yet see contacts listed for your own subject of
interest, you are very welcome to volunteer, or to remind your local
community/project team/mailing list/research group/etc. that they
really ought to get their act together and let the Haskell community
as a whole know about what they've been doing! :-)

-------------------------- what should I write?

That depends on your topic, but as a general rule, it shouldn't take
go into the "Individual Haskellers and their projects" section. If
you're a company, or if you're working on a project using Haskell as
the implementation language, a paragraph on that could go into the
"Commercial Applications" and "Non-Commercial Applications" sections.

A typical summary report about a tool/library/project/application/...
would be between 1 and 3 paragraphs of ASCII text (what's it about?
major topics and results since the last report?  current hot topics?
major goals for the next six months?) plus pointers to material for
archives, specifications and drafts, implementations, meetings,
minutes, ...).

For those who prefer templates to fill in, the report is edited in
LaTeX, and an entry template might look something like this:

\begin{hcarentry}{<MYSTUFF>}
\report{<MY NAME>}
\status{<PROJECT STATUS IN ONE LINE>}

<WHAT IS IT?>

<WHAT IS ITS STATUS? / WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE LAST TIME?>

<CAN OTHERS GET IT?>

<WHAT ARE THE IMMEDIATE PLANS?>