Issue 108 2018-05-24
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Repeated, sequential operations over large imagery have been a thorn in the side of Raster processing systems for a long time. The new library
mapalgebraleverages the Array library
massivto bring rigour and efficiency back to GIS, outperforming similar libraries in the field written in C and Scala.
Writing a forum software is one of a few things that I-wish-I-had-but-hadn’t in the last of couple of years. For example, among a gazillion of abandoned repos on this GitLab account,
Forumis one of them. If you take a glance of it, you will see that it’s an unfinished forum software. So, I decided to take a different approach to finally do it, no matter what it takes.
Suppose you want to analyze your local election results and visualize them using a choropleth but you’d like to use Haskell. You could try using the shapefile package but you will have to do a lot of the heavy lifting yourself.
In basic Haskell it is straightforward to add new functions over a data type. We can independently add an evaluator function, potentially in another module. However if we want to add a new case to the data type, we have to modify both the data type definition and the functions using it.
I like to say ComponentM implements a Monad to avoid the usual pyramid of withResourceX functions at the beginning of your application. It composes them all together once, so you don’t need to worry about it.
Ghcid is — at the current moment — the most important tool for Haskell development environments. It is fast, reliable, works on all kinds of projects, and is remarkably versatile. You can use it with any editor workflow, primarily by not integrating your editor!
Lenses are immensely useful to the Haskell programmer, but suffer from a discovery problem — without enough exposure or experience, it’s hard to know which operator to use in a given situation. This post provides explanations for common lens operators as well as example-driven references for developers just getting started with lenses.
This post summarizes the rough heuristics that I use for evaluating Haskell packages. Usually I use these rules of thumb when choosing between multiple similar packages or deciding whether to depend on a package at all. Some of these guidelines work for other programming languages, too, but some of them are unique to Haskell.
A month ago, Hillel Wayne posted a verification challenge comprising three problems that might sound frivolous, but which, in fact, hit the sweet spot of being easy to describe and yet interesting to implement and verify. I had a lot of fun hacking them up in LH, and learned some things doing so.
People like to get things done, and to do so, they have to use awesome libraries like yours. And to do so, they consume lots of tutorials and guides, which are a kind of soft documentation.
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- BayHac 2018 videos
- Building packages outside snapshots
- Church encoding
- Dear Haskell: It’s not you, it’s your tooling
- Game of Life on a Raspberry Pi and a LED board in Haskell
- In Memory of Ertugrul Söylemez
- Monadic profunctors for bidirectional programming
- Nix: Haskell concepts for package managment
- Performance and feature case studies in Ecstasy
- require: Scrap your qualified import clutter
- Why I am not a fan of Cabal or Stack
Package of the week
This week’s package of the week is Haxl, a library for efficient, concurrent, and concise data access.