Greetings, and thanks for reading issue 25 of HWN, a weekly newsletter covering developments in the Haskell community. Each Monday, new editions are posted to the Haskell mailing list and to The Haskell Sequence. RSS is also available.
The purpose of the Haskell Workshop is to discuss experience with Haskell, and possible future developments for the language. The scope of the workshop includes all aspects of the design, semantics, theory, application, implementation, and teaching of Haskell.
Status Report. Isaac Jones released a Haskell' status report. There is a list of proposals and a "strawman" categorization of them on the wiki. The timeline is also on the wiki. You'll notice that it's very aggressive; we plan to announce something at the next Haskell Workshop in September. So, check out the wiki and get on the haskell-prime mailing list!
Commerical Use of Haskell. Seth Kurtzberg mentioned on the #haskell irc channel that he was in the process of deploying a commercial application written in Haskell onto a production line in Taiwan. The particular application stress tests hardware performance and stability.
Once the compiler finally does what I think I'm telling it, the programs almost always work the first time, which is really amazing. With any substantial effort in C or C++, you are going to have hidden problems traceable to type errors.
Recently, the thing that I was most pleased with was how quickly I was able to refactor the hardware stress testing code into network performance testing code.
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