[Haskell] Haskell Weekly News: August 30, 2005
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Wed Aug 31 11:48:52 EDT 2005
Haskell Weekly News: August 30, 2005
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* FUSE bindings. David Roundy announced bindings for FUSE, the Linux
library that lets people develop a filesystem using userspace code.
Isaac Jones also mentioned Jeremy Bobbio's FUSE bindings.
* FastPackedString (FPS) packaging. Donald Bruce Stewart has extraced
the FastPackedString module from darcs and produced a standalone
package. It is useful for working with binary data and blocks of
* Haskell Server Pages (HASP). Lemmih announced Haskell Server Pages
0.3, an infrastructure for developing dynamic web sites. It's based
around XML and the earlier work on HSP.
* Cairo bindings for gtk2hs completed. Paolo Martini announced that
the Cairo bindings have been checked into the gtk2hs CVS repo on
Parsing Binary Files. Joel Reymont began an interesting discussion by
asking about using Haskell to implement a parser for a binary poker
protocol. Erlang has some binary pattern matching features, and there was
some discussion about achieving similar results in Haskell.
Using STArray. Alistair Bayley asked how to use STArray to improve the
performance of a program. Numerous suggestions were offered in the ensuing
discusion, including a link to some examples on the Haskell wiki.
Compiling Windows GUI Executables. Juan Carlos Arevalo Baeza asked
about compiling Windows GUI executables with ghc. Duncan Coutts posted a
link to the Gtk2Hs FAQ explaining the procedure.
Quotes of the Week
Then Edsger Dijkstra came down from Mt. Sinai
with a tablet proclaiming "Thou shalt not use
GOTO; it is considered harmful"...
From Chad Scherror on the haskell-cafe list: "I've been amazed at the
level of effort put forth by the Haskell community as a whole to help out
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