User:Echo Nolan/Reactive Banana: Straight to the Point

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So I'm writing this tutorial as a means of teaching myself FRP and reactive-banana. It'll probably be full of errors and bad advice, use it at your own risk.

All the tutorials on FRP I've read start with a long boring theory section. This is an instant gratification article. For starters, imagine a man attempting to sharpen a banana into a deadly weapon. See? You're gratified already! Now for a boring bit:

Go install sox: <code-bash>apt-get install sox # Or equivalent for your OS/Distro</code-bash>

Get the git repository associated with this tutorial: <code-bash>git clone </code-bash>

Install reactive-banana <code-bash>cabal install reactive-banana</code-bash>

Musical interlude

Cd into the git repo and open rbsttp.hs in GHCi:

<pre-bash> cd rbsttp ghci rbsttp.hs </pre-bash>

Now, we can make some beepy noises. Try these:

<pre-haskell> playNote (negate 5) C playNote (negate 5) Fsharp sequence_ . intersperse (threadDelay 1000000) $ map (playNote (negate 5)) [C ..] </pre-haskell>

Play with the value passed to threadDelay a bit for some more interesting noises. It's the time to wait between <code-haskell>Note</code-haskell>s, expresssed in microseconds.

<pre-haskell> sequence_ . intersperse (threadDelay 500000) $ map (playNote (negate 5)) [C ..] sequence_ . intersperse (threadDelay 250000) $ map (playNote (negate 5)) [C ..] sequence_ . intersperse (threadDelay 125000) $ map (playNote (negate 5)) [C ..] sequence_ . intersperse (threadDelay 62500) $ map (playNote (negate 5)) [C ..] </pre-haskell>

You've probably figured out by now that C and Fsharp are data constructors. Here's the definition for my Note type.

<pre-haskell> -- 12 note chromatic scale starting at middle C. data Note =

   C | Csharp | D | Dsharp | E | F | Fsharp | G | Gsharp | A | Asharp | B
   | Cagain
   deriving (Show, Enum)


<code-haskell>playNote</code-haskell> is a very hacky synthesizer. It's also asynchronous, which is why <code-haskell>mapM_ playNote (negate 5) [C ..]</code-haskell> doesn't sound too interesting. Here's <code-haskell>playNote</code-haskell>'s type.

<pre-haskell> -- Play a note with a given gain relative to max volume (this should be -- negative), asynchronously. playNote :: Int -> Note -> IO () </pre-haskell>

Ground yourself, then insert the electrodes into the banana

Everything we've done so far is plain old regular Haskell in the IO monad. Try this now:

<pre-haskell> (sendNote, network) <- go1 sendNote ((negate 10), C) sendNote ((negate 10), Fsharp) </pre-haskell>

Congratulations! You just compiled your first <code-haskell>EventNetwork</code-haskell> and sent your first <code-haskell>Event</code-haskell>s. I know this looks like I just made a excessively complicated version of <code-haskell>uncurry playNote</code-haskell>, but bear with me for a moment. Let's look at the code for <code-haskell>go1</code-haskell>: