Sat, 05 Dec 2009
Two weeks ago, on November 19th we held the 21st meeting of FP-Syd, the Sydney Functional Programming group. The meeting was held at Google's Sydney offices and we had 22 people show up to hear our two presenters.
First up we had repeat offender Mark Wotton give us a presentation titled "Hubris : A Trojan Horse for Haskell" on his project called Hubris, a bridge between Ruby (ie Rails) and Haskell. The specific use case Mark has in mind for this bridge is call fast compiled Haskell code from Ruby web code. The code this is is available at:
git clone git://github.com/mwotton/HaskellHubris.git
but requires the 6.12 release candidate of the GHC Haskell compiler.
Our second presenter for the evening was Tony Sloane who gave us an introduction to "Embedding a Rewriting DSL in Scala". Tony's DSL of interest is the Stratego Language which he is embedding in Scala using the Kiama library. Tony's particular interest seems to be in program transformation; desugaring of high level languages, evaluation by reduction rules, optimisation and source to target translation.
A big thanks to both our speakers and to Dan, Mark and Google for providing the meeting venue and the light refreshments.
FP-Syd will be having brief hiatus over the Xmas/New Year period and our next meeting will be in February.