Welcome to issue 107 of HWN, a newsletter covering developments in the Haskell community.


Google Summer of Code 2009 - mentors wanted!. Eric Kow reminded everyone that darcs will be applying to be a mentoring organisation for the Google Summer of Code project 2009, and is seeking people to serve as mentors. You need not be a darcs expert to serve as a mentor!

c2hs 0.16.0. Duncan Coutts announced the release of c2hs version 0.16.0, a tool which assists in the development of Haskell bindings to C libraries by extracts interface information from C header files and generating Haskell code with foreign imports and marshaling. The major change in this release is that it now uses the Language.C library.

X Haskell Bindings 0.2. Antoine Latter announced the 0.2.* series release of the X Haskell Bindings, mostly aimed at making the API prettier. The goal of XHB is to provide a Haskell implementation of the X11 wire protocol, similar in spirit to the X protocol C-language Binding (XCB).

text and text-icu, fast and comprehensive Unicode support using stream fusion. Bryan O'Sullivan , on behalf of the Data.Text team, announced the release of preview versions of two new packages: text 0.1, providing fast, packed Unicode text support with modern stream fusion, and text-icu 0.1, which augments text with comprehensive character set conversion support and normalization (and soon more), via bindings to the ICU library.

Boston Area Haskell User's Group, first meeting on Saturday February 28th. Shae Matijs Erisson announced the first meeting of the Boston Area Haskell User's Group this Saturday, February 28, at 2pm. Directions are on the web page; you can also check out the mailing list.

New version of Hieroglyph released: Hieroglyph 1.1 is on hackage. Jeff Heard announced the release of a new version of Hieroglyph; the biggest change is that it now uses Russell O'Connor's excellent Data.Colour library.

bug fix for regex-tdfa, version 0.97.4 (and "regex-ast"). ChrisK announced another bug fix release for the regex-tdfa package, which fixes another tricksy bug. This is now the only known regex library that passes the entire test suite.

Hac5: April 17-19, Utrecht -- Book Now!. Sean Leather announced some updated information regarding the 5th Haskell Hackathon. The executive summary: hotel or hostel accommodation may be hard to come by, so book your room now, and check out the website for lots of useful information.

pkgenv - disposable, isolated pkg environments. Paolo Losi announced a tool, pkgenv, which facilitates setting up isolated, disposable package environments.

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