Tue, 13 Oct 2009
Way back on August 23rd we held the 18th meeting of FP-Syd, the Sydney Functional Programming group. As usual, the meeting was held at Google's Sydney offices and we had about 24 people attend to hear our two presenters.
First up we had Mark Wotton and his presentation "Testing By Convention and Flow". TBC ( on Hackage) is a harness for running tests written with HUnit or Quickcheck. The main idea is that if your tests are written to follow a set of conventions, a lot of the boiler can be skipped used TBC.
The second presentation was by Ben Lippmeier on his work on getting Haskell's GHC compiler working on SUN's OpenSparc T2 processor. The OpenSparc T2 is interesting because it has 8 cores per processor and 8 hardware threads per core and hence is an interesting target for GHC's parallel evaluation model.
A big thanks to Shane Stephens and Google for providing the meeting venue and some light refreshments.