Welcome to issue 125 of HWN, a newsletter covering developments in the Haskell community.


Announcing the new Haskell Prime process, and Haskell 2010. Simon Marlow announced the new and improved Haskell Prime process, and a list of proposals which are currently under consideration to be accepted into the next (2010) revision of the standard.

AspectAG 0.1.1. Marcos Viera announced the release of AspectAG, a library of strongly typed Attribute Grammars implemented using type-level programming.

Colour tutorial. Russell O'Connor announced a tutorial wiki page for the colour library.

Haskell Hack Day, Edinburgh, 30 August 2009. Eric Kow announced a Haskell Hack Day to be held in Edinburgh, on Sunday 30 August, before ICFP. The Hack Day will be held at the ICFP conference venue, the Royal College of Physicians.

sendfile-0.3. Matthew Elder announced the release of sendfile-0.3, which includes a more general interface, updated documentation, and more.

Gtk2hsGenerics. Michael Dever announced the release of Gtk2hsGenerics, a package which contains utility functions for extracting from and adding to stores.

darcs 2.3 beta 2. Petr Rockai announced that darcs 2.3 beta 2 is available for testing. It can be installed using the darcs-beta package on Hackage (be sure to 'cabal update' first). The new beta release adds index upgrade functionality to hashed-storage, and now uses an architecture-independent index format.

hsparql, a SPARQL query generator/DSL and client. Jeff Wheeler announced the first version of hsparql, which makes it easy to query SPARQL-compliant servers using a relatively intuitive DSL and very simple client. SPARQL is a SQL-ish query language for stores of RDF data.

Hayoo! beta 0.4. Timo B. announced the next beta version 0.4 of Hayoo!, the Haskell API search engine with find-as-you-type and suggestions. This release includes some major changes to the web interface, including the ability to display the full description of a function, and some example queries featured on the start page, as well as an updated search index.

texmath - conversion of LaTeX math to MathML. John MacFarlane announced an early release of texmath, a Haskell library for converting LaTeX math formulas to MathML. The package includes a standalone test program, testTeXMathML, and a CGI script, texmath-cgi, that can be used in web apps. You can see demos of the script here and here.

BostonHaskell: Next meeting - July 16th at MIT CSAIL Reading Room (32-G882). Ravi Nanavati announced the July meeting of the Boston Area Haskell Users' Group, to be held Thursday, July 16th from 6:30pm - 8:30pm in the MIT CSAIL Reading Room. Scheduled talks include "An Introduction to GHC Hacking" by Alec Heller, and "Haskell on the iPhone" by Ryan Trinkle. There are still openings for Lightning Talks (5-minute talk, 2-minute Q&A). See the announcement for more details.

AC-Vector, AC-Colour and AC-EasyRaster-GTK. Andrew Coppin announced the release of three packages: AC-Vector, which provides unboxed vectors of Doubles with arithmetic, dot product and cross product, and a few other useful items; AC-Colour, which provides two simple RGB color types, optimized for simplicity and speed; and AC-EasyRaster-GTK, a layer over Gtk2hs which provides easy pixel-twiddling functionality.

Google Summer of Code

Progress updates from participants in the 2008 Google Summer of Code.

Haddock improvements. Isaac Dupree has had a good deal of success getting cross-package documentation to work, with a few remaining loose ends.

space profiling. Gergely Patai's profile graphing application is now capable of connecting to a profile relay server that can broadcast the heap profile of its associated process on the fly, so it is now possible to attach an observer to a program that was started earlier. He now plans to shift to working on a history manager.

fast darcs. Petr Rockai has produced another darcs 2.3 beta release, and has done more work on designing an efficient storage system.


Leaner Haskell.org frontpage. haskell proposed a new design for the haskell.org front page. Bikeshedding ensues, news at 11.

exercise - a completely lazy sorting algorithm. Petr Pudlak asked whether it is possible to write a lazy sorting algorithm which allows access to the kth item of the sorted output in linear time, for all k. An interesting discussion and mind-expanding code followed.

Implementing Las Vegas algorithms in Haskell. Matthias Görgens began a discussion on implementing Las Vegas algorithms, which use a source of randomness but have results which are still deterministic. What should the type of such functions be? Is it OK to use unsafePerformIO in their definition?

Blog noise

Haskell news from the blogosphere. Blog posts from people new to the Haskell community are marked with >>>, be sure to welcome them!

Quotes of the Week

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