Haskell Weekly


Issue 422 2024-05-30

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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.


  • A boolean is maybe true by Håkon Robbestad Gylterud

    The following is an exploration of a few functions I found while writing various Haskell programs over the years. Their names collide with some standard function in Prelude, which is unfortunate, and while the new functions cannot be used as drop-in replacements of the prelude functions, they are morally generalisations.

  • cabal fields by Oleg Grenrus

    cabal-fields is partly motivated by the Migrate from the .cabal format to a widely supported format issue. Whether it’s a solution or not, it’s up to you to decide.

  • Cursed Haskell by Otherwise_Pilot_9445

    I am interested in your stories about the most cursed ways you have seen Haskell been used.

  • Happy Birthday Me, Happy Birthday NeoHaskell by Nick Tchayka

    This first version comes with a forked version of nri-prelude, an excellent library by NoRedInk, designed with Elm’s philosophy in mind and mimicking the Elm core libraries. NeoHaskell takes this as an inspiring starting point to build upon, providing a solid foundation for future development.

  • What is your recent (>= GHC 9.4) experience using Template Haskell? by Sebastian Graf

    Over the years, I have perceived that Template Haskell is much less popular than, e.g. GHC.Generics, for example for custom deriving strategies. I’m wondering if that perception is supported by evidence, so I want to collect some experience reports.


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In brief

  • minbpe-hs – byte-level byte pair encoding (BPE) in Haskell by Borna Ahmadzadeh

    minbpe-hs is a port of Andrej Karpathy’s concise byte-level byte pair encoding (BPE) implementation, minbpe, to Haskell. During training, BPE compresses a sequence by repeatedly finding the most frequent pair of elements in the input and merging them into a new token whilst maintaining a record of the merges and the tokens.

Show & tell

Call for participation

  • Call for ideas: a NixOS deployment tool written in Haskell by Frederick Pringle

    I’m calling Haskell/Nix(OS) users to suggest feature ideas for a CLI tool I’m writing to build and deploy distributed fleets of NixOS machines.

  • Call for opinions: shortening the HLS support window by Michael Peyton Jones

    We have been wondering about shortening our support window. Supporting more versions of GHC is generally fairly costly for us, as it requires quite a lot of CPP and CI time. The main cost to users of a shorter support window would be that users on older versions wouldn’t get new versions of HLS (the old versions, of course, would continue to work). However, these days HLS is changing more slowly, so the cost of not having the latest and greatest is comparatively lower.

  • scotty: network-3.2 not accepted