[Haskell] Haskell Weekly News: August 30, 2005

John Goerzen jgoerzen at complete.org
Wed Aug 31 11:48:52 EDT 2005

                      Haskell Weekly News: August 30, 2005

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New Releases

     * FUSE bindings. David Roundy [3]announced bindings for FUSE, the Linux
       library that lets people develop a filesystem using userspace code.
       Isaac Jones also [4]mentioned Jeremy Bobbio's FUSE bindings.
     * FastPackedString (FPS) packaging. Donald Bruce Stewart has extraced
       the FastPackedString module from darcs and [5]produced a standalone
       package. It is useful for working with binary data and blocks of
       string data.
     * Haskell Server Pages (HASP). Lemmih [6]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 [7]announced that
       the Cairo bindings have been checked into the gtk2hs CVS repo on

   3. http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.cafe/8110
   4. http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.cafe/8125
   5. http://article.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.general/12003
   6. http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.general/12002
   7. http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_id=8063084&forum_id=44293


   Parsing Binary Files. Joel Reymont began an [8]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.

   8. http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.cafe/8111

   Using STArray. Alistair Bayley asked how to use STArray to improve the
   performance of a program. Numerous suggestions were offered in the ensuing
   [9]discusion, including a link to some [10]examples on the Haskell wiki.

   9. http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.cafe/8091
  10. http://haskell.org/hawiki/ImperativeHaskell

   Compiling Windows GUI Executables. Juan Carlos Arevalo Baeza [11]asked
   about compiling Windows GUI executables with ghc. Duncan Coutts posted a
   [12]link to the Gtk2Hs FAQ explaining the procedure.

  11. http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.lang.haskell.glasgow.user/8584
  12. http://haskell.org/gtk2hs/archives/2005/06/23/hiding-the-console-on-windows/

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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