[Haskell] Haskell Weekly News: June 16, 2006
Donald Bruce Stewart
dons at cse.unsw.edu.au
Fri Jun 16 04:13:47 EDT 2006
Welcome to issue 37 of HWN, a weekly newsletter covering developments
in the Haskell community. Each Monday, new editions are posted to
the Haskell mailing list as well as to the Haskell Sequence and
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This edition -- better late than never -- covers another madly busy 2
weeks for the Haskell community.
* Google Summer of Code. The Haskell.org team announced that nine
Haskell projects have been selected to receive funding to the
value of $45k under Google's 2006 Summer of Code program. A
wide range of projects will be worked on, contributing to the
community important tools and libraries. The students have until
August 21 to complete their projects, and receive their grants.
Details of the accepted projects can be found here
* Haskell Communities & Activities Report. Andres Loeh published
the 10th edition of the Haskell Communities and Activities Report
(HCAR). If you haven't encountered the Haskell Communities and
Activities Reports before, you may like to know that the first of
these reports was published in November 2001. Their goal is to
improve the communication between the increasingly diverse groups,
projects and individuals working on, with, or inspired by Haskell.
Read the 10th edition here.
* Would you like a job working on GHC?. Simon Peyton-Jones
announced that GHC HQ is looking for support engineer. The
Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC) is now being used by so many
people, on so many platforms, that GHC HQ has been struggling to
keep up. In particular, the candidate should be someone who is
enthusiastic about Haskell, and fired up about the prospect of
becoming a GHC expert.
* Shellac and Lambda Shell 0.3. Robert Dockins announced the
simultaneous release of Shellac 0.3 and Lambda Shell 0.3. Shellac
is a library for creating read-eval-print style shells. It makes
binding to feature-rich shell packages (ie, readline) easier.
Lambda shell is full-featured shell environment for evaluating
terms of the pure untyped lambda calculus and a showcase/tutorial
for Shellac's features.
* darcs-graph. Don Stewart released darcs-graph, a tool for
generating graphs of commit activity for darcs repositories.
* VersionTool 1.0. Manuel Chakravarty announced version 1.0 of
VersionTool, a small utility that:
+ extracts version information from Cabal files,
+ maintains version tags in darcs,
+ computes patch levels by querying darcs,
+ extracts the current context from darcs, and
+ adds all this information to a source file
* Streams 0.1e. Bulat Ziganshin released Streams library version
0.1e. Now cabalised and BSD-ified.
* Hitchhikers guide to Haskell - chapter 5. Dmitry Astapov
announced that chapter 5 of his online tutorial, the
Hitchhikers guide to Haskell, is available. Changes include: It's
bigger. It's better. It now comes with source code included.
* Haskell Shell (HSH) 0.1.0. John Goerzen released version 0.1.0
of HSH, the Haskell shell. Things are still very preliminary in
many ways, but this version already lets you:
+ Run commands
+ Pipe things between commands
+ Pipe command input/output into and out of pure Haskell
+ Pure Haskell functions are as much a first-class citizen as
is grep or cat
* Edison 1.2. Robert Dockins released the final, stable release
of Edison 1.2. Edison is a library of efficient, purely-functional
data structures for Haskell.
* Arrays & References Library 0.1. Bulat Ziganshin announced
version 0.1of his arrays and references library. Featuring:
+ Unboxed references in IO and ST
+ Monad-independent interfaces to boxed and unboxed references
+ Syntax sugar to make using of mutable objects easier (=:, +=,
* Kamiariduki Shelarcy released Kamiariduki - a system to judge
your derivative work's purpose and license is valid with Ceative
Commons License Works.
* lambdabot 4.0. Don Stewart announced the release of version
4.0 of the venerable Haskell IRC bot, lambdabot. lambdabot is a
stable, feature rich IRC bot based on a plugin framework.
lambdabot 4.0 comes with a suite of more than 50 plugins, and many
This section covers activity on Haskell' standardisation process.
* Regarding Class Aliases.
* A road for Haskell into OS kernels. Oleg Kisleyov sparked a
bit of a discussion about Haskell's use in OS projects, after
similar remarks from Andrew Tanenbaum at USENIX.
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