Greetings, and thanks for reading the fifth issue of HWN, a weekly newsletter for the Haskell community. Each Tuesday, new editions will be posted (as text) to the Haskell mailing list and (as HTML) to The Haskell Sequence.
HWN is 1 day late this week. Pesky Real Life (TM) interfered. Sorry about that. Hopefully this won't happen again. Also, anyone that wants to help edit HWN is welcome to do so. See the contributing section at the end.
Parsing Binary Files. Joel Reymont began an 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.
Using STArray. Alistair Bayley asked how to use STArray to improve the performance of a program. Numerous suggestions were offered in the ensuing discusion, including a link to some examples on the Haskell wiki.
Compiling Windows GUI Executables. Juan Carlos Arevalo Baeza asked about compiling Windows GUI executables with ghc. Duncan Coutts posted a link to the Gtk2Hs FAQ explaining the procedure.
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 newcomers."
Want to continue reading HWN? Please help us create new editions of this newsletter. Please see the contributing information, or send stories to hwn -at- complete -dot- org. There is also a Darcs repository available.