Welcome to issue 87 of HWN, a newsletter covering developments in the Haskell community.

ICFP was held last week in Victoria, and by all accounts was a great success! This edition of the HWN includes much ICFP and Haskell Symposium-related content, including videos of the Haskell symposium presentations, programming contest results, some notes on the future of Haskell, and slides from a Haskell tutorial and a talk about the Haskell Platform. But ICFP didn't seem to slow down the community all that much: you'll find the usual mix of newly released and updated packages, blog posts, mailing list discussions, and silly quotes as well.

Announcements

Haskell-Embedded System Design: ForSyDe 3.0 and Tutorial. Alfonso Acosta announced the 3.0 release of ForSyDe. The ForSyDe (Formal System Design) methodology has been developed with the objective to move system design (e.g. System on Chip, Hardware and Software systems) to a higher level of abstraction. ForSyDe is implemented as a Haskell-embedded behavioral DSL (Domain Specific Language). The 3.0 release includes a new deep-embedded DSL and embedded compiler, as well as a new user-friendly tutorial.

Graphalyze-0.1. Ivan Miljenovic announced the initial release of his graph-theoretic analysis library, Graphalyze. This is a pre-release of the library he is writing for his mathematics honours thesis, "Graph-Theoretic Analysis of the Relationships in Discrete Data".

Symposium videos. Malcolm Wallace announced guerrilla videos of the Haskell Symposium 2008 presentations.

ICFP programming contest results. Malcolm Wallace sent a link to a video of the ICFP programming contest results presentation.

Version 0.4.3 of happs-tutorial is a HAppS job board, done in HAppS.. Thomas Hartman announced version 4 of the self-demoing HAppS tutorial, a HAppS job board.

TH code for deriving Binary and NFData instances. Tim Newsham announced some Template Haskell code for automatically deriving Data.Binary and Control.Parallel.Strategies.NFData instances.

Notes on the future of Haskell from ICFP. Bryan O'Sullivan posted a writeup from the ICFP conference floor on the future of Haskell and functional programming.

datapacker 1.0.1. John Goerzen announced the release of datapacker 1.0.1.

A Functional Implementation of the Garsia-Wachs Algorithm. Nicolas Pouillard announced a Haskell implementation of an algorithm that builds a binary tree with minimum weighted path length from weighted leaf nodes given in symmetric order. This can be used to build optimum search tables, to balance a 'ropes' data structure in an optimal way.

graphviz-2008.9.20. Ivan Miljenovic announced a new version of Matthew Sackman's Haskell bindings to Graphviz. See Ivan's original announcement for information on what new features are included, and what the difference is among the various graphviz-related packages on Hackage.

darcs 2.1.0pre2. Eric Kow announced the release of darcs 2.1.0pre2, formerly known as 2.0.3. See Eric's announcement for a list of new features and bug fixes in this release.

protocol-buffers-0.2.9 for Haskell is ready. ChrisK announced the release of the protocol-buffers package, which generates Haskell data types that can be converted back and forth to lazy ByteStrings that interoperate with Google's generated code in C++/Java/python.

panda blog engine. Jinjing Wang announced the release of panda, a simple blog engine written in Haskell.

OpenSPARC project applicant chosen. Duncan Coutts announced that Ben Lippmeier has been chosen for the OpenSPARC project. Ben will spend three months hacking on GHC to make it perform well on the latest multi-core OpenSPARC chips.

Hugs on the iPhone. Alberto Galdo announced that he has gotten Hugs to run on the iPhone, and has made packages available for others who would like to install it as well.

Discussion

Shooting yourself in the foot in Haskell. John Van Enk asked how to shoot yourself in the foot with Haskell, with humorous results.

Total Functional Programming in Haskell. Jason Dagit started a discussion on total functional programming, Haskell, abstraction boundaries and the IO monad, and related topics.

Health effects. Andrew Coppin told a story about a chocolate bar and recursion, which led to a discussion of optimization problems, Dedekind cuts, some meta-discussion of the discussion, and entirely too many puns.

The container problem. Andrew Coppin asked about the possibility if abstracting over various sorts of containers in Haskell, and why there isn't a widely used library that does this. A discussion of various container libraries and the language issues that arise followed.

Red-Blue Stack. Matthew Eastman asked how to implement a certain data structure (red-blue stacks) in Haskell. Several people responded with increasingly clever solutions, and a comparison of mutating vs. non-mutating algorithms.

Climbing up the shootout.... Don Stewart began a long and ongoing discussion about improving Haskell's performance on benchmarks in the Shootout, now that there is a quad core machine for running benchmarks!

Line noise. Andrew Coppin started an interesting discussion about perceptions of Haskell syntax by programmers who aren't familiar with it.

Jobs

London FP job in asset management. Michael Bott announced an opportunity for two functional programmers based in London, with a software house specialising in asset management.

Blog noise

Haskell news from the blogosphere.

Quotes of the Week

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