[Haskell] Haskell Weekly News: October 11, 2005
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Tue Oct 11 12:45:18 EDT 2005
Haskell Weekly News: October 11, 2005
Greetings, and thanks for reading the 11th issue of HWN, a weekly
newsletter for the Haskell community. Each Tuesday, new editions will be
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* PAM 1.0. Henning Guenther announced version 1.0 of his bindings to
the PAM authentication libary.
* cpphs 1.0. Malcolm Wallace announced the release of cpphs version
* MissingH 0.12.0. John Goerzen announced MissingH 0.12.0, which
added various enhancements to its binary I/O utilities.
Calls for Participation
* Haskell Communities & Activities Report. Andres Loeh posted a call
for contributions to the periodic report. Anyone that's part of a
Haskell team, has published Haskell code, written Haskell-related
papers or books, etc. is encouraged to submit a short entry about
Papers from the 2005 Haskell Workship. Dimitry Golubovsky noted that
papers from the workshop on the ACM site required a login to read. Simon
Marlow posted a free link to the papers he co-authored.
IRC for spreading information. John Goerzen wrote about some concerns
regarding using IRC for spreading information to the Haskell community,
such as happened recently. It received some discussion on #haskell.
Reducing memory usage. Young Hyun began an interesting thread about
tracking down mysterious cases of high RAM usage. Several people made
suggestions for things to try, including things that would be useful to
Memoization. Gerd M wondered why Data.Map was slower than he expected
in his program.
Monad Syntax. Tom Hawkins asked about the syntax "| m -> s" in class
declarations. Several people explained that this has to do with functional
dependencies, an extension to Haskell 98.
Alternatives to hs-plugins. John Goerzen posted a scenario in which
hs-plugins would be useful, but where concerns about its portability may
render it inappropriate. Nils Anders Danielsson replied with a link to his
code that can call Hugs to dynamically evaluate Haskell snippets.
Converting fptools to Darcs. Simon Marlow wrote about his ideas for
converting fptools from CVS to Darcs. Several people made suggestions and
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