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A Proposal to Add Option Types for References to C# 7

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 07, 2015

Mads Torgersen, C# language program manager at Microsoft, has recently outlined a proposal for the introduction of option types for references in C# 7. Option types are meant as a means to make the language safer and reduce the occurrence of null reference exceptions, which, as Torgersen says, are rampant in C# since any reference type can reference a null value.

Frege: a Haskell-like Language for the JVM

by Sergio De Simone on  Aug 12, 2015 1

Frege, named after the German mathematician Gottlob Frege, is a purely functional, strongly typed language for the JVM that is so similar to Haskell that “most idiomatic Haskell code will run unmodified or with only minimal, obvious adaptions”. InfoQ has spoken with Ingo Wechsung, Frege’s creator.

Microsoft Open Sources Cross-platform Serialization Library – Bond

by Boris Lublinsky on  Feb 03, 2015 1

Last month, without any official announcement, Microsoft open sourced Bond - a performant serialization system developed and deployed across dozens of mission-critical, high-scale infrastructure projects internally at Microsoft.

Improve your Programming Skills with

by Ben Linders on  Dec 23, 2014 helps developers to increases their craftsmanship in a language through feedback and discussion. It’s a community and tool where developers can write code and discuss it to strengthen their problem-solving skills. InfoQ did an interview with the creator of exercism Katrina Owen and with Richard Thomson who contributed the C++ language track for exercism.

PureScript: A Haskell-like Language that Compiles to JavaScript

by Sergio De Simone on  Sep 22, 2014

PureScript is a strongly, statically typed language which compiles to JavaScript. It is written in and inspired by Haskell and aims at "allowing to write very expressive code which is still clear and readable" when translated into JavaScript. Furthermore, says PureScript creator Phil Freeman, PureScript provides interoperability with other languages which target JavaScript.

rest: Open Source REST Framework For Haskell

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jul 07, 2014

Silk has recently open-sourced a REST framework for Haskell, called "rest". It provides a DSL for defining REST services which can then be run in popular web frameworks such as happstack. This comes with features such as type-safe URLs, abstraction of format-type support, and a clean separation of API specification and business logic.

Facebook Open-sources Haxl: Implicit, Concurrent Data Access Using Haskell

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 11, 2014

Facebook has open-sourced Haxl, a library for efficient, concurrent data-access. The library leverages the traditional strengths of Haskell such as expressive type system, correctness and safety guarantees, as well as GHC's high performance run-time to solve the thorny issue of implicit, concurrent data access.

Haskell Gets iOS Support, Several language and Performance Improvements

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Apr 16, 2014

GHC 7.8.1 was recently released, bringing several language, compiler and performance improvements. Haskell can now be compiled for iOS, and sports new features such as Closed Type Families, Roles, Overloaded Lists, Pattern Synonyms.

FP Complete Launches Browser Based Haskell IDE

by Mirko Stocker on  Sep 10, 2013

FP Complete has launched Haskell Center, their new Haskell IDE and application server. The IDE is browser based, and together with their application server, should make it much easier to create and run web based Haskell programs.

Haskell moves to Git

by Alex Blewitt on  Apr 01, 2011

The well-known Haskell implementation GHC is moving from Darcs to a repository on GitHub, citing wider tool support and faster operations.

Empower Your Ruby With Haskell And Hubris

by Sebastien Auvray on  Aug 26, 2009

Embedding C in Ruby or Rails applications is a way to fix performance bottle necks. RubyInline made this easy for C. Mark Wotton recently created Hubris, a bridge which makes it possible to call Haskell code from Ruby.

Interview: Paul Hudak on Haskell

by David West on  May 08, 2009

This interview with Paul Hudak, recorded at QCon San Franscisco 2008, begins with a discussion of when to introduce difficult Haskell concepts like monads; moves to a discussion of the philosophy of higher order programming, the success and influence of Haskell, its use in the mainstream, and concludes with the idea of teaching computer music and Haskell simultaneously.

Interview: Don Syme Answering Questions on F#, C#, Haskell and Scala

by Abel Avram on  Mar 27, 2009 8

In this interview made by InfoQ’s Sadek Drobi, Don Syme, a Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, answers questions mostly on F#, but also on functional programming, C# generics, type classes in Haskell, similarities between F# and Scala.

Presentation: Taming Effects with Functional Programming

by Abel Avram on  Mar 12, 2009

In this presentation recorded during QCon London 2008, Simon Peyton-Jones advertises the need for programming purity achieved especially through use of functional languages and the increased attention given to functional programming.

Interview: Erik Meijer on LINQ

by Abel Avram on  Mar 04, 2009 8

In this interview made during QCon SF 2008, Erik Meijer talks about less known LINQ features, like the ability to do meta programming or the fact that LINQ works against any data collection that implements the sequence operators. Meijer also talks about the differences between functional languages and objectual ones, asynchronous computation, and the evolution of languages.

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