[Haskell-cafe] Haskell Weekly News: Issue 156 - October 27, 2010

Daniel Santa Cruz dstcruz at gmail.com
Wed Oct 27 20:55:18 EDT 2010

   Welcome to issue 156 of the HWN, a newsletter covering developments in
   the [1]Haskell community in the week of October 17 - 28.

   I did not manage to filter out good posts from Haskell-Cafe this week.
   If you see a thread in -cafe that you think would be good to share with
   the community, please do share it with me. I need to find a better way
   of keeping up with the mountain of posts to that list.

   There were a total of 34 new stories posted to the Haskell Reddit
   channel (+10), 47 new questions taged with Haskell in StackOverflow
   (+20), and 332 messages posted to Haskell-Cafe (-76).

   So, what was hot last week?


   John Hughes [2]announced that the Functional Programming group at
   Chalmers is recruiting a postdoctoral researcher for a two year
   position, starting as soon as possible.

   Wouter Swierstra [3]called for workshop and co-located event proposals
   for the ICFP 2011 in Tokyo, Japan.

   Zhong Shao [4]informed us that the Department of Computer Science at
   Yale University is seeking applicants for a PostDoc and PhD positions
   in the broad area of certified software.

   Josh Tripplett wrote in to tell us about Ore, a [5]packaging system for
   Ruby inspired by Haskell's Cabal!

   According to [6]this haskell community calendar, there are 2 events to
   take note happening next week: The Haskell Communities & Activities
   Report submission deadline on Nov 1, and BelHac (in Ghent, Belgium) on
   Nov 5 - 7.

Top Reddit Stories

  * The Haskell Platform is now in Ubuntu
    Domain: packages.ubuntu.com
    Score: 58, Comments: 5
    On Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/dtffi/the_haskell_platform_is_now_in_ubuntu/
    Original: http://packages.ubuntu.com/maverick/haskell-platform

  * ghcjs: Haskell to Javascript: now released
    Domain: github.com
    Score: 36, Comments: 4
    On Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/dujnb/ghcjs_haskell_to_javascript_now_released/
    Original: http://github.com/sviperll/ghcjs#readme

  * GHC Blog: New directions for Template Haskell
    Domain: hackage.haskell.org
    Score: 32, Comments: 3
    On Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/dtav8/ghc_blog_new_directions_for_template_haskell/
    Original: http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/blog/Template%20Haskell%20Proposal

  * A brief tale of faster equality
    Domain: serpentine.com
    Score: 27, Comments: 10
    On Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/dt76u/a_brief_tale_of_faster_equality/
    Original: http://www.serpentine.com/blog/2010/10/19/a-brief-tale-of-faster-equality/

  * MTL 2.0 has been uploaded good bye old mtl, hello monads-fd!
    Domain: hackage.haskell.org
    Score: 25, Comments: 6
    On Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/dx8ml/mtl_20_has_been_uploaded_good_bye_old_mtl_hello/
    Original: http://hackage.haskell.org/package/mtl-

  * Haskell Rapid Transit
    Domain: mtnviewmark.wordpress.com
    Score: 23, Comments: 4
    On Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/duqp0/haskell_rapid_transit/
    Original: http://mtnviewmark.wordpress.com/2010/10/21/haskell-rapid-transit/

  * mathblog: A program for creating and managing a static,
mathematically-inclined weblog
    Domain: hackage.haskell.org
    Score: 20, Comments: 0
    On Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/duh1o/mathblog_a_program_for_creating_and_managing_a/
    Original: http://hackage.haskell.org/package/mathblog-0.2

  * Lazy Type-Level Programming: nice trick by Max Bolingbroke
    Domain: haskell.org
    Score: 20, Comments: 1
    On Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/duu54/lazy_typelevel_programming_nice_trick_by_max/
    Original: http://www.haskell.org/pipermail/haskell-cafe/2010-October/085307.html

  * Let's build a compiler (in Haskell): Part 12 - Introducing the State Monad
    Domain: alephnullplex.appspot.com
    Score: 19, Comments: 14
    On Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/du38c/lets_build_a_compiler_in_haskell_part_12/
    Original: http://alephnullplex.appspot.com/blog/view/2010/10/19/lbach-introducing-the-state-monad

  * What's the status of Haskell on the iPhone?
    Domain: self.haskell
    Score: 18, Comments: 5
    On Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/haskell/comments/dsyij/whats_the_status_of_haskell_on_the_iphone/
    Original: /r/haskell/comments/dsyij/whats_the_status_of_haskell_on_the_iphone/

Top StackOverflow Questions

  * Question (votes: 33, answers: 8):
    Best explanation for Languages without Null
    Read on SO:

  * Question (votes: 16, answers: 6):
    Saving my running toplevel for later
    Read on SO:

  * Question (votes: 10, answers: 2):
    What's the difference between undefined in Haskell and null in Java?
    Read on SO:

  * Question (votes: 9, answers: 2):
    Is FC++ used by any open source projects?
    Read on SO:

  * Question (votes: 8, answers: 3):
    What is the difference between forall a. [a] and [forall a. a]?
    Read on SO:

  * Question (votes: 6, answers: 5):
    In Haskell, is there any way to express that a type should be an
    instance of a typeclass in more than one way?
    Read on SO:

  * Question (votes: 5, answers: 3):
    Pure exceptions in Haskell
    Read on SO:

  * Question (votes: 5, answers: 1):
    How to use fromInteger with no implicit prelude in Haskell?
    Read on SO:

  * Question (votes: 5, answers: 7):
    Is this Fibonacci sequence function recursive?
    Read on SO:

  * Question (votes: 5, answers: 1):
    Any Sparse Linear Algebra package in Haskell?
    Read on SO:

Quotes of the Week

   If you'd like to have a quote you see in IRC here, use the following
   syntax: @remember WhoSaidIt Quote. I'm currently scrapping IRC logs to
   find this data, so don't worry if lambdabot doesn't cooperate.

     * chrisdone: Production of two-handed use langes Schwerts with long
       flambard blades and heavily category-theoretically decorated
       guards, katzbalgers, axes, mail and Macedonian quality defence
       pikes. Lambda Knights need to be prepared for the inevitable battle
       against success.

HackageDB Updates

   Who contributed, and what got uploaded?

     * AlbertoRuiz: hmatrix-special
     * AlessandroVermeulen: lhs2TeX-hl
     * AlexanderSolla: Facts
     * AlexeyKhudyakov: histogram-fill, monoid-statistics,
     * AntonKholomiov: csound-expression, temporal-media
     * AristidBreitkreuz: monadLib-compose, xml-monad
     * AycanIrican: hweblib
     * BasVanDijk: concurrent-extra, dstring, explicit-iomodes,
       explicit-iomodes-bytestring, explicit-iomodes-text, repr,
       string-combinators, threads, usb, usb-enumerator
     * BryanOSullivan: text
     * ChrisKuklewicz: regex-tdfa, regex-tdfa-unittest
     * ClaudeHeilandAllen: gmndl, qd
     * DanielDiaz: HaTeX
     * DonaldStewart: plugins
     * EugeneKirpichov: splot
     * GregWeber: xss-sanitize
     * HenkJanVanTuyl: GeBoP
     * HolgerReinhardt: amqp
     * HugoPacheco: pointless-rewrite
     * JamesCook: priority-queue, queue
     * JeremyShaw: formlets-hsp
     * JoelCrisp: bindings-gts
     * JohanTibell: network
     * JohnMillikin: anansi, cpython, enumerator-fd, enumerator,
       enumerator-tf, yajl-enumerator, yajl
     * JonathanDaugherty: mathblog
     * JudeNagurney: augeas
     * KetilMalde: a50, flower
     * MagnusTherning: archlinux, archlinux-web, cabal2arch
     * MasatakeDaimon: bindings-audiofile, bindings-EsounD
     * MichaelIlseman: yaml-light
     * MichaelSnoyman: authenticate, convertible-text, data-object-json,
       data-object, data-object-yaml, hamlet, mime-mail,
       wai-handler-devel, wai-handler-webkit, web-encodings, yesod-auth,
     * MichelBoucey: ip6addr
     * NeilMitchell: hlint
     * OlegBelozeorov: xmms2-client-glib, xmms2-client
     * OscarFinnsson: text-xml-qq
     * PeterSimons: vty
     * PetrRockai: darcs-fastconvert
     * RoelVanDijk: base-unicode-symbols, containers-unicode-symbols
     * RyanNewton: wordsetdiff
     * SimonMarlow: stm
     * StephenBlackheath: hexpat
     * StephenTetley: wumpus-basic, wumpus-microprint, wumpus-tree
     * ThomasDuBuisson: control-event, crypto-api, gps, hsXenCtrl, ipc
     * TomHawkins: fountain
     * ViktorDevecseri: bloxorz

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   Until next time,
   Daniel Santa Cruz


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