Haskell: Batteries Included
The Haskell Platform (HP) is the name of a new "blessed" library suite on which to build further Haskell libraries and applications, by taking the best libraries from the more than 900 libraries of haskell.org. It provides a comprehensive, stable and quality tested base for Haskell projects to work from.
The first image is a bubble graph of hackage, with the "platform" indicated, to give a visual sense of how the platform relates to the rest of hackage. The second image shows a graph of hackage dependencies, with a circle drawn around the densest part of the graph, to give an idea of how the platform satisfies a large proportion of dependencies.
There are no more policy questions to resolve for the first release. It is a matter of getting things done.
The first platform release will contain:
- the "extra libs" (exact list)
- haddock, happy and alex
- the cabal command line tool and it's dependencies.
The plan calls for binary installers for Windows and OSX, a generic source tarball for Unix, and native packages for distros.
We are calling for volunteers for an action group. We need volunteers to take charge of various platforms and to manage the overall release. We would like to release a beta at the upcoming Haskell Hackathon in Utrecht (April 17-19). However this will only happen if people volunteer to help build distributions for different platforms.
In particular we need:
- Release manager / coordinator
- Website with downloads and release notes
- Someone in charge of each platform:
- Windows installer
- OSX installer
- Generic Unix source tarball
- Distribution packages: debian, fedora, gentoo, arch, BSD* etc
The person in charge of each platform is responsible for building a appropriate native packages / installer and coordinating the effort to test that the stuff installs and works ok.
If no one volunteers, we simply won't have an Haskell Platform release for that platform.
Please join the mailing list and volunteer!
- Issue tracker and dev wiki
- Darcs repository: contains the meta-package and scripts for the generic unix tarball
- Mailing list
- IRC channel: #ghc @ freenode.org
- The Haskell Platform Proposal for the 2008 Haskell Symposium
- Slides from the Haskell Platform talk
- Haskell Platform discussion
- Bryan O'Sullivan's writeup of the future of Haskell discussion
- A discussion took place in June and July 2008 about the direction of the HLP.
- More occurred during the #ghc meeting
Inclusion or exclusion in the platform will be driven by metrics, objective measurements we can extract from code. Determining appropriate metrics is a milestone.
- cabal-installable libraries with haddocks.
- packages should follow the Package versioning policy
- The set of HP packages + core libs must be closed. In other words, all haskell dependencies must be from within the HP packages or core libs. Dependencies on C libs can be external.
- All packages in a particular HP version must have a consistent install plan.
That means only one version of each package and all dependencies on packages must be satisfied by the version in the HP package set.
There is code in cabal-install to check the last two requirements.
Other possible ideas for quality standards we might want to require:
- Uses base library types, to force API standardisation
- exposed module names must follow the hierarchical module name convention, meaning they must be in an appropriate place in the module namespace. In particular, no clash of module names should occur within the HP.
Packages set for inclusion should:
- Have a maintainer
- Have a bug tracker
- Use the correct versioning
- Build with cabal
- Work on all arches.
- -Wall clean
- 100% coverage
- Have real world use.
- Answer a notable set of build dependencies.
- Have a declared correctness test suite.
- Have a declared performance test suite.
- Source distribution
- .tar.gz bundle compatible with extra-libs
- Windows Installed
- Native distro packages
The HP will be the first meta-package on hackage, that depends on the platform library set. With this,
cabal install haskell-platform
will be possible.
- odd major numbers indicate unstable branches
- minor numbers indicate bug fixes only, no API changes.
- 2008.0.0 -- first biannual major stable release
- 2008.0.1 -- minor release, bug fix only
- 2008.1 -- unstable branch leading to next major release
- 2008.2.0 -- second annual major release, API changes
- 2008.2.1 -- bug fixes
- 2008.3 -- unstable branch of 2008
- 2009.0.0 -- first release in 2009.
Additionally, if a library is accepted into the platform, it is suggested its version number be lifted to 1.0, if not already at 1.0.
The initial release is expected to include only BSD3 licensed software.
The platform includes programs, such as haddock or cabal-install. These aren't nicely tracked from the cabal meta package yet.
Two ways to build the bundle:
- generate a sh script from the .cabal file
Or, build cabal-install, have the components of the platform as a mini, local hackage archive, and then ask cabal install to satisfy and install the dependencies from the platform meta-cabal file.
Haskell Platform core team:
- Duncan Coutts (Well Typed)
- Don Stewart (Galois)