Summer of Code/Project suggestions

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Haskell projects for Google's Summer of Code.

This page is for mentors to add their ideas and to say which projects they'd be happy to supervise. It is also for students to see what kinds of projects are available. Students should not claim projecsts here however, but use the normal Google SoC application process.


Cabal-get is an automatic installer for Cabal libraries. The goal is to distribute the program with Cabal, but to achieve this we need to cut almost all of its dependencies. This project should be fairly easy (the code base of cabal-get is only 1K loc).

Mentor: Lemmih


Write a new plugin system using the new ghc-api. Enough of the groundwork has been laid out now that someone with a few months and some background could finish up the work.

GhcPlugins will replace the plugin system currently used in hIDE.

Mentor: Lemmih

Fix HsSDL (Haskell libSDL bindings) on Windows and MacOS

Implement various debugging tools in GHC

  • Dynamic breakpoints.
  • Generic object viewer.
  • Simple CCS for providing stack traces on exceptions and breakpoints.

Mentor: Lemmih

Handle recursive modules in GHC

Gtk / Graphics / GNOME related projects

I'd be happy to accept projects in this area. Last year I was unoficial mentor to Paolo who did the cairo bindings. Possible ideas include a dbus binding. (Feel free to add more ideas here or I might do as I think of them)

Mentor: Duncan Coutts


What Haskell really needs is more serious programs written in it to show that it's not a toy language, and also to attract more users to this language. I'm ready to take on anyone willing to write a useful application or game (preferably a program though, games require art which is always a mess if you are a programmer), given that it is of reasonable size (upper limitaton).

Mentor: Johan Henriksson (Mahogny)