Haskell Weekly


Issue 414 2024-04-04

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Welcome to another issue of Haskell Weekly! Haskell is a safe, purely functional programming language with a fast, concurrent runtime. This is a weekly summary of what’s going on in its community.


  • Alias the current module with Imp by Taylor Fausak

    Sometimes when writing a Haskell module you want to use an identifier that would be ambiguous. For example perhaps you’re writing a logger and want to call a function log. That’s a problem because the Prelude also defines a function called log. You can’t use either one without disambiguating. Usually you will disambiguate by qualifying the identifier like MyLogger.log. This is fine but it is a little annoying because it duplicates the name of the module. If you later refactor this module by changing its name, you’ll also have to update any qualified identifiers. I’m happy to announce that my GHC plugin Imp now has a solution to this problem.

  • Calling Haskell from Swift by Rodrigo Mesquita

    This is the second installment of the in-depth series of blog-posts on developing native macOS and iOS applications using both Haskell and Swift/SwiftUI. This post covers how to call (non-trivial) Haskell functions from Swift by using a foreign function calling-convention strategy similar to that described by Calling Purgatory from Heaven: Binding to Rust in Haskell that requires argument and result marshaling.

  • Episode 46 – effectfully by The Haskell Interlude

    Roman, known better online as effectfully, is interviewed by Wouter and Joachim. On his path to becoming a Plutus language developer at IOG, he learned English to read Software Foundations, has encountered many spaceleaks, and used Haskell to prevent robots from killing people.

  • GHC 9.10.1-alpha2 is now available! by Ben Gamari

    The GHC developers are very pleased to announce the availability of the second alpha release of GHC 9.10.1.

  • Haskell for Elm developers: giving names to stuff (Part 4 - Parser combinators) by Flavio Corpa

    This is by no means a full in-depth explanation of parser combinators, as there are many papers on the subject. This post assumes you are somewhat familiar with elm/parser, and thus you are equipped with the tools you need to get familiar with parser combinators in Haskell!

  • Implicit arguments by Oleg Grenrus

    Another idea is to embrace implicit, more implicit and even more implicit arguments. Agda has two levels: explicit and implicit, GHC Haskell has two and a half, why stop there?


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In brief

  • Announcing semantic-release-hackage by Stack Builders

  • either-semigroup by mixphix

    There are several versions of the Validation datatype floating around Hackage, but they all have huge compilation times due to depending on packages like lens and semigroupoids. This package aims to provide the alternative Semigroup functionality of Either with as few dependencies as possible.

  • GHC plugin for hiedb by Joseph Sumabat

    For those using hiedb either for tooling purposes or code analysis I wrote a simple ghc plugin which automatically re-indexes modules on recompile.

  • Stack 2.15.5 by Mike Pilgrem

  • xxHash: extremely fast non-cryptographic hash functions by Bodigrim

    I’ve prepared a new release of xxhash-ffi: Bindings to the C implementation the xxHash algorithm, which is Haskell bindings and high-level helpers for xxHash family of extremely fast non-cryptographic hash functions.

Show & tell

  • Biparsing Package Review Request by William Rusnack

    Biparsing is a bidirectional programming technique that specializes in constructing parsing and printing programs simultaneously.

  • Systranything: A simple tool to create a context menu in the systray by jecaro

    Some time ago, I was looking for an easy way to turn on and off my VPN from a context menu triggered by a click on an icon in the system tray. I thought there was surely an existing tool I could use in which I would only have to plug a few shell scripts to do what I wanted. I couldn’t find such a tool. So I thought it’d be cool to write it myself.

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