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A French community for Haskell

Posted in Uncategorized by alpmestan on 2011/10/09

During the past few months, there has been some growing activity in the (hidden) French circles of the Haskell community. A few people, including myself, are trying to increase the interest around Haskell in the French-speaking communities. You may (or may not) have noticed the translation of Learn You A Haskell that is available here, in French. We also have an IRC channel, #haskell-fr (access it through Freenode’s webchat), and a mailing list. Please let us know about you if you are a French-speaking haskeller!

But we would like to get it a step further. We are currently considering the idea of a French hackathon. We already have been offered a room for 3 days in June 2012, in conjunction with a French Perl event. So one of the reasons behind this blog post is to get some feedback about this, in addition to letting people know about the French community. Who would be interested in attending such an event? This would be in Strasbourg, France for the moment. Note that this would not necessarily be restricted to French haskellers! The format would be a pretty much classical Hackathon: potential talks and a lot of Haskell hacking. So please let us know if you’d be interested in attending this (by commenting this post, the IRC channel or the mailing list).

On a side note, these past few days, I updated one of my libraries: statistics-linreg and published one too: kmeans-vector. It performs the k-means clustering algorithm on a list of points, and can lead to “pretty” graphics like the following.

Performing k-means on 10,000 points with 4 clusters

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  1. JP Moresmau said, on 2011/10/10 at 6:05 am

    Great idea. Strasbourg, though, is not that easily reachable for people from the south and south west…

  2. alpmestan said, on 2011/10/10 at 6:10 am

    Yeah I know, being from Marseille myself… But that would be totally free for us to have a room there during some French Perl event. Note that it is not settled so if we have other opportunities to host a French event, we may choose the one that will let the most people attend it. If you have any proposition, do not hesitate.

  3. Raphael Javaux (@raphaeljavaux) said, on 2011/10/10 at 10:19 am

    je suis encore débutant en Haskell, mais j’essayerai tout de même d’être présent !

    • alpmestan said, on 2011/10/10 at 5:04 pm

      Bah ça n’empêche pas, au contraire! Ou que ce soit et quand que ce soit, il y aurait de toutes façons des talks orientés débutants.

  4. Paul R said, on 2011/10/10 at 11:13 am

    Great idea. Depending on who come, it might be less expensive to book a room in a place cheap to reach (ahem … ) and cover the fees with participants contributions.

    • alpmestan said, on 2011/10/10 at 5:05 pm

      I don’t know if (and how much) people would like to contribute some money for this! But what would be that place? Paris, with its expensive hotels?

  5. David Waern said, on 2012/03/08 at 9:30 am

    I’d be interested in a hackathon in Strasbourg. I live in Paris.

    • alpmestan said, on 2012/03/08 at 8:44 pm

      Hmm, I think some of the #haskell-fr folks will be there. But due to the lack of interest we’re not organizing a big thing though. For the moment, at least! So try to contact “Ptival” on IRC, I think he’ll be there and knows what they will be up to.

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