Wow, what a response we’ve had to the announcement of the book project!
The web site has seen over 10,000 hits in just 20 hours. Don tells me that the announcement is the all-time highest-scoring Haskell article on Reddit. We’ve received over a hundred email messages from people who would like to act as tech reviewers. Whew!
I’d like to thank everyone who has responded via comments and email so far, and ask that you please bear with us. It will take us a little time to dig out from under our sudden instantaneous mountain of correspondence!
There have been a number of great suggestions and requests from people already, and I’d like to detail a few here.
Several oft-requested topics were already in our plan, but we squished them out of the short TOC we posted for reasons of brevity.
- Generic programming and “scrap your boilerplate”
- Web application server coverage (we’re planning to talk about HappS, by the way)
- Debugging, profiling, and avoiding space leaks
We’ll also be happy to add a few topics that we hadn’t already been explicitly thinking about, so thank you to the people who suggested existential types and heterogeneous lists.
There were several other good questions.
- Code examples. The text of the book will necessarily contain excerpts, because we can’t serve our teaching purpose by including huge wads of boilerplate. But my hope is to automatically snip those excerpts from actual working libraries and applications that compile, pass tests, and run. We will make these examples available under a suitable open source license.
- Schedules and preordering. We’ll let you know as soon as we can about availability, ISBN assignment, preordering, and all that jazz. For now, don’t plan on taking the book to the beach this summer.
- Interfacing to other languages. Haskell has a great FFI, but the bindings to C are the only ones that are well defined at the moment. We’re excited about LambdaVM, the JVM back end to GHC, but it would be premature to write about it now.
Once again, thanks for all of your interest! It’s a thrill to see such an appetite in the community for this book. And writing for an eager audience is really fun.