Monday, January 16, 2012

Lego Mindstorms, Haskell, Windows: all set!

A new version of the NXT library has been released, and it supports Windows!! I lamented a few weeks ago that it only ran on Unix/MacOs (requiring the unix package and using Posix file descriptors), but that's a thing of the past. It was really easy to port Mitar's code to use the serialport package instead of file descriptors. Now Mitar has merged back my changes, we've tested the code on Linux and Windows, and it's been released on Hackage!

So now I can control my Lego Mindstorm robot from Haskell on my Windows machine! World domination is only a couple more steps away!

I wish to point out that Mitar's code is extremely well commented and a pleasure to work with, which of course made the adaptation to Windows a lot easier. Thank you!

Friday, January 13, 2012

EclipseFP 2.2.1 released

It is my pleasure to announce a new version of EclipseFP. Release 2.2.1 does not bring huge changes in the UI, but comes with important bug fixes and small enhancements. More importantly, it integrates with the latest versions of buildwrapper and scion-browser. You can see the release notes here.

We tried to enhance the performance and stability of EclipseFP, while making it easier to work with. The "open definition" action for example should be able to resolve a lot more symbols than before, including in type annotations. Quick fixes and auto-completion we've also worked on.

I wish to thank all users of EclipseFP, most notably all the people that submit bug reports or questions to the forum and thus help make the product move forward!

The instructions to install are the same as always: point your Eclipse to the update site Once you restart EclipseFP should install or update buildwrapper and scion-browser.

Happy Haskell Hacking!