Abusing instance local functional dependencies for nicer number literals

Posted: 2019-06-24

I demonstrated how to make kilobyte/megabyte constants in Haskell and a Lobsters user asked how it worked. This is a bloggification of my reply to them explaining the trick.

Wrapping up Haskell Book

Posted: 2018-10-03

I'd like to summarize some of the background to Haskell Programming from First Principles' development and finalization.

How I stream myself coding

Posted: 2018-03-14

Alright so I've been uploading streamed videos of myself working on programming projects for awhile now. I occasionally get asked about my setup for this, so I thought I would explain the tools I use. This might be particularly valuable as I am primarily a Linux user where some of the kit for this can be kinda rough. Further, I am very picky about my tools and ergonomics so I didn't really want to make any sacrifices there in order to stream.

How I make stew

Posted: 2017-10-29

I think the first thing my mother taught me to cook was Kraft Mac-n-Cheese at age 9. Fortunately, I've been able to move past that since then. My repertoire is a bit limited but I like to think that by zeroing in on specific kinds of meals, I'm able to make them go a bit farther. A friend of mine asked how I do crockpot recipes and after stewing on it for awhile I thought I would write a post explaining my thought process.

Comparing Persistent with Ecto and ActiveRecord

Posted: 2017-10-06

Rejected title: You're not special

I saw this article comparing Ecto and ActiveRecord: https://www.dailydrip.com/blog/ecto-vs-activerecord.html

I thought I would track alongside that post and show what the equivalent code looks like if you're using the Persistent Haskell library.

Alternatives to Typed Holes for talking to your compiler

Posted: 2017-09-23

Rejected title: Type Praxis

I frequently see people recommend that others use typed holes. I think people are more apt to recommend typed holes than the alternatives because it's a bespoke feature intended to enable discovering the type of a sub-expression more easily. Which is fair enough, except it doesn't really have a good use-case! I will demonstrate in this post why.

What a Haskell Study Group is Not

Posted: 2017-05-03

This article is by Steven Syrek. I'm reposting it here because I endorse what he's saying. I believe Steven brings a valuable perspective on the haskell book, reading groups, and education in general.

Steven posted this article on his Medium.

He has also written some extended notes on pedagogy tied to this post here.

A review of Learn Python the Hard Way, 3rd ed

Posted: 2017-03-25

As a break from usual, I thought I would review Zed Shaw's Learn Python the Hard Way. I've had several beginners to programming ask me what they should use to learn and Shaw's book frequently comes up. I've looked over his materials before when they were a free website but I wanted to see what the current published version was like.

The Hashrocket websocket shootout in Haskell

Posted: 2016-09-03

I recently PR'd a Haskell entry to Hashrocket's websocket shootout. Haskell seemed to do a lot better than C++, Rust, Golang, Elixir, Erlang, NodeJS, Ruby MRI, and JRuby. Although the Haskell version has been since fixed, so I can no longer run the benchmark reliably on my machine, so any final results will have to come from Hashrocket running the unagi-chan variant.

How to use UUID values with Persistent and Yesod

Posted: 2016-06-15

Some people find it trickier to store UUID values in their database with Persistent or to use UUID values in a Yesod web application than is really necessary. Here I'll share some code from my work that demonstrates some patterns in applications that use Persistent or Yesod which should make it easier.