[Haskell] Haskell Weekly News: Issue 86 - September 20, 2008

Brent Yorgey byorgey at seas.upenn.edu
Sat Sep 20 11:25:54 EDT 2008

Haskell Weekly News
Issue 86 - September 20, 2008

   Welcome to issue 86 of HWN, a newsletter covering developments in the
   [1]Haskell community.

   Lots of NEW stuff this week! A new generics library, new versions of
   Pandoc and darcs, a new website for xmonad, a new GADT/type family
   inference engine for GHC, a Haskell binding for Qt, and some new,
   astonishingly elegant ideas from Oleg. Also, here's hoping that
   everyone has a lot of fun at ICFP!


   GHC version control. Simon Peyton-Jones [2]sent out a revised proposal
   for GHC version control.

   darcs 2.0.3pre1. Eric Kow [3]announced the first pre-release of
   [4]darcs 2.0.3, featuring a few major bug fixes and a handful of
   interesting features.

   EMGM. Sean Leather [5]announced a release of [6]Extensible and Modular
   Generics for the Masses (EMGM), a library for generic programming in
   Haskell using type classes.

   Pandoc John MacFarlane [7]announced the release of [8]pandoc, the swiss army knife of text markup formats.

   Iteratee-based IO. oleg [9]described a [10]safe, declarative approach
   to input processing which will be the subject of a talk at DEFUN08 on
   September 27.

   MetaHDBC paper. Mads Lindstroem [11]announced a [12]draft version of a
   paper about the [13]MetaHDBC library, which uses Template Haskell to do
   type-safe database access. Comments are welcomed, especially about the
   overall quality of the paper, whether it can be called scientific, and
   anything Mads could do to improve the paper.

   qtHaskell 1.1.2. David Harley [14]announced a second preview release of
   [15]qtHaskell, a set of Haskell bindings for Trolltech's Qt.


   Library design question. Andre Nathan [16]asked for advice on designing
   a simple graph library. The resulting discussion included an analysis
   of using the State monad versus a more functional approach.

   A round of golf. Creighton Hogg [17]learns about laziness by [18]making
   grown men cry.

   XML (HXML) parsing :: GHC 6.8.3 space leak from 2000. Lev Walkin
   [19]discovers a nice example of an obscure class of space leaks while
   writing some XML-processing code, prompting an in-depth analysis by
   Simon Marlow.

   Proofs and commercial code. Daryoush Mehrtash [20]asked about automated
   proof tools and techniques, and their uses in the real world.

Blog noise

   [21]Haskell news from the [22]blogosphere.
     * Creighton Hogg: [23]Haskell Cafe or: How I learned to stop worrying
       & love laziness.
     * Douglas M. Auclair (geophf): [24]Animal as RDR, part II. Doug
       continues his posts on RDR expert systems.
     * Ivan Lazar Miljenovic: [25]Getting Real World Haskell Down Under.
     * Douglas M. Auclair (geophf): [26]Animal: an RDR implementation
       study. Doug describes "ripple-down rules" expert systems, and
       illustrates the types needed to encode one in Haskell.
     * Mark Jason Dominus: [27]data Mu f = In (f (Mu f)). Mark writes
       about fixpoints of type constructors.
     * John Goerzen (CosmicRay): [28]Switched from KDE to xmonad. John has
       taken the plunge to xmonad and seems to like it so far!
     * Eric Kow (kowey): [29]darcs weekly news #4. Pre-release of darcs
       2.0.3; darcs hacking sprint next month; code.haskell.org upgrades
       to darcs 2; and other news.
     * Mads Lindstroem: [30]MetaHDBC paper (draft). Mads's first paper
       ever, on using Template Haskell for type-safe database access.
       Comments welcome!
     * Braden Shepherdson: [31]xmonad-light 0.8 Released.
     * Manuel M T Chakravarty: [32]GHC HEAD just got a new inference
       engine for GADTs and type families..
     * Magnus Therning: [33]Haskell and Time. Magnus describes the
       solution to a problem with Data.Time.
     * Dan Piponi (sigfpe): [34]Two Papers and a Presentation.
     * Xmonad: [35]New xmonad website launched. xmonad has a shiny new

Quotes of the Week

     * Botje: GHC 11 will have shootout entries as primitives.
     * wjt: oh, i see what you're doing. ...no, i don't. *splode*
     * Benjamin Pierce: [on existential types] I have a term, and it has a
       type. So there.
     * bos: come on, real programmers use "(((,) <$>) .) . (<*>)"
     * quicksilver: #haskell : Sometimes we answer your question,
       sometimes we lay hideous traps which will devour your soul. It's a
       risk you take.
     * harrison: [on computing 1000000!] it is the same as factorial
       999999 * 1000000, big deal

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