Internet Relay Chat is a worldwide text chat service with many thousands of users among various irc networks.
The IRC channel can be an excellent place to learn more about Haskell, and to just keep in the loop on new things in the Haskell world. Many new developments in the Haskell world first appear on the irc channel.
If you point your irc client to chat.freenode.net and then join the #haskell channel, you'll be there. Alternately, you can try the webchat client at http://www.cs.uu.nl/wiki/FP/ChatHaskell (this will take you directly into the channel from your browser, if it supports Java).
Example, using irssi:
$ irssi -c chat.freenode.org -n myname -w mypassword /join #haskell
and you're there.
The #haskell channel is a very friendly, welcoming place to hang out, teach and learn. The goal of #haskell is to encourage learning and discussion of Haskell, functional programming, and programming in general. As part of this we welcome newbies, and encourage teaching of the language.
Part of the #haskell success comes from the approach that the community is quite tight knit -- we know each other -- it's not just a homework channel. As a result, many collaborative projects have arisen between Haskell irc channel citizens.
To maintain the friendly, open culture, the following is required:
- Low to zero tolerance for ridiculing questions. Insulting new users is unacceptable
New Haskell users should feel entirely comfortable asking new questions.
Helpful answers should be encouraged with
points, in public, as a reward for providing a good answer.
The #haskell channel appeared in the late 90s, and really got going in early 2001, with the help of Shae Erisson (aka shapr).
A fairly extensive analysis of the traffic on #haskell over the years is kept here
In addition to the main Haskell channel there are also:
|#haskell.ru||Russian speakers. Seems that most of them migrated to Jabber conference (email@example.com)|
|#haskell-blah||Haskell people talking about anything except Haskell itself|
|#gentoo-haskell||Gentoo/Linux specific Haskell conversations|
|#darcs||Darcs revision control channel (written in Haskell)|
|#perl6||Perl 6 development (plenty of Haskell chat there too)|
Logs are kept at a few places, including
To get an overview of where everybody on the channel might be, physically, please visit HaskellUserLocations.