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The Monad.Reader Issue 13

The Monad.Reader Issue 13

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reference of basic haskell types
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The Monad.Reader Issue 13
by Chris Eidhof 
ce@tupil.com
and Derek Elkins
derek.a.elkins@gmail.com
and Stephen Hicks
sdh33@cornell.edu
and Eelco Lempsink
eml@tupil.com
and Brent Yorgey
byorgey@cis.upenn.edu
12 March, 2009
Wouter Swierstra, editor.
 
Editorial
by Wouter Swierstra
wouter@chalmers.se
A lot has happened since the last release of 
The Monad.Reader
. The financialmarkets have crashed. One important reason seems to be the trading in financialderivatives. These derivatives can be so complex that it’s very hard to estimatetheir value. Now if only there was a domain specific language for describing andevaluating such financial contracts...A few weeks ago, GMail had a major outage. Edwin Brady pointed out a pressrelease by Google that blamed ‘unexpected side effects of some new code’ – nowif only there was some way to ensure code doesn’t have side effects...This leads me to believe that Haskell is currently solving problems that willaffect society in ten years or so. I predict there’s a major telecom blackout becauseErlang fails to do parallel garbage collection. Maybe major bank systems will crashbecause of a mistake in taking the wrong locks during transactions. Or perhapsan epic fail of Amazon’s databases after an incorrect type cast.In the meantime, enjoy this issue of 
The Monad.Reader
: Stephen Hicks providesan account of his award winning ICFP Programming Contest entry; Brent Yorgeygives an overview of Haskell’s type class libraries; Chris Eidhof and Eelco Lempsinkhave written a review of 
Real World Haskell
; and finally, Derek Elkins explainssome of the category theory underlying Haskell’s standard monads. Whetheryou’re into category theory or TEX hacking, I’m sure there’s something in thisissue you’ll enjoy.

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