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Enthusiastic Haskell newbie.

Main Interests

  • Using Haskell to write triposcopic mathematical algorithms with only a tiny amount of code.
  • Using Haskell to do seriously compute-bounded work in a multiprocessor setup.



  • Toy compression implementations in Haskell.

On Hold

  • Indoculate — Program to convert a single (custom) source to both HTML and LaTeX, and also do cross-linking. (Status: in production use)
  • Chaos — chaos pendulum simulator (Status: moderately working, needs UI)
  • Haktal — fractal generator. (Status: minimal functionality)
  • HoJ — Haskell to Java compiler. (Status: skeletal)
  • Evlor — Interactive Haskell step-line debugger. (Status: skeletal)
  • Sorting algorithm benchmarks.
  • Audio DSP in Haskell.
  • Haskell SDL for POV-Ray.


  • Haskell ray tracer.
  • Haskell type deducer.
  • Haskell program to cause world peace.



Chaos pendulum simulator

  • darcs get (Chaos pendulum simulator.)
  • ghc -O2 --make System1
  • System1
  • Go have a cup of tea, what some TV, go to bed, come back next day, and it might have finished. Will draw 500 frames at 200x200 pixels each, and save them as PPM image files. Make an animation out of these, and enjoy the light show!

Toy Compression

  • darcs get
  • ghc -O2 --make Encode
  • ghc -O2 --make Decode
  • Encode algorithm file (Compress file using specified algorithm, and save as file-algorithm.)
  • Decode algorithm file (Decompress file using specified algorithm, and save as file-unalgorithm.)

Currently working algorithms:

  • 'RLE': Run-length encoding. Works well on files containing lots of 'runs' of the same value - e.g., pixel data. Works horribly on text.
  • 'BWT': Burrows-Wheeler transform. Doesn't actually do any compression, but tends to make data more compressible.
  • 'MTF': Move-to-front encoding. Again, doesn't compress, but makes the data more compressible.
  • 'Fib': Fibonacci codes. Low numbers take up fewer bits than large numbers.
  • 'LZW': Lempel-Ziv-Welch. Works well on just about everything!


  • Danger: BWT is extremely slow. It also uses absurd amounts of RAM! Run this algorithm only on small files. (Less than about 10 KB.)
  • LZW works very well, but BWT+MTF+Fib is currently unbeaten...

Contributed Code

Current Unsolved Questions

  • Why do Haskell language extensions exist?
  • How do you do graphics in Haskell?
  • How come (e.g.) Smalltalk provides 27 different types of collection, but Haskell only ever involves single-linked lists and binary trees?
  • Why is putStr xs1; putStr xs2 slower than putStr (xs1 ++ xs2)?