[Haskell] Haskell Weekly News: August 9, 2005
jgoerzen at complete.org
Tue Aug 9 08:38:52 EDT 2005
Haskell Weekly News: August 9, 2005
Greetings, and thanks for reading the second issue of HWN, a weekly
newsletter for the Haskell community. Each Tuesday, new editions will be
posted (as text) to the Haskell mailing list and (as HTML) to The
Practical Monads. Paul Moore started a discussion about Monads and
resources for learning about them. Quite a few readers responded with
STRef vs. IORef. Srinivas Nedunuri started a discussion by asking when
to STRef and when to use IORef. Iavor Diatchki posted a helpful
example, and many other helpful answers were posted as well.
Parsing Foreign Languages. The The ParsingForeignLanguagesInHaskell wiki
page was the subject of a short discussion on the libraries mailing
list. If you have any further information or would like to join or start a
project to parse a particular language, see the wiki page.
Cabal was again a hot topic this week. There were discussions about
data directories, running on Windows 98, and package description
fields in general.
Darcs in FreshMeat. David Roundy is looking for volunteers to maintain
the Darcs entry at FreshMeat.net. It wouldn't require much time, but
the ability to summarize changes at release time.
Binary files and line endings. Phil Brooke asked how darcs handles
line endings and binary files.
Uniqueness of patch names. On #darcs this week, a discussion about the
uniqueness of low-level patch names in darcs. The consensus seemed to be
that darcs needs an additional better-than-1-second component to patch
names to eliminate a situation in which collisions can arise.
* Simon Marlow announced the release of Haddock version 0.7.
Highlights of this version include improvements for linking across
different packages, bug fixes, collapsable trees in HTML, and support
for new output formats.
* Einar Karttunen has released hsgnutls 0.1, a Haskell binding for
the GnuTLS SSL/TLS library.
* John Goerzen announced the release of a preliminary, but working,
binding to OpenLDAP from Haskell.
Quotes of the Week
<CosmicRay> "Oh Lord, bless this thy holy IO monad, and use it for thy
purposes that it may smash Java to tiny bits..." (with apologies to monty
<Pseudonym> If I ever write a GUI library for Haskell, I'm going to call
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