The Haskell Interlude is Haskell-focused podcast where we interview guests from the Haskell community. The hosts are Joachim Breitner, Andres Löh, Alejandro Serrano, Wouter Swierstra and Niki Vazou.
Niki Vazou and Andres Löh are joined by guest Théophile Choutri (they/them), who also goes by Hécate. Théophile coordinates multiple projects and volunteer groups within the Haskell Foundation, notably the Haskell School project (intending to provide a free online open source library for teaching Haskell), and works on improving GHC core documentation and developing an alternative to Hackage. Together they discuss Théophile’s introduction to Haskell and their ongoing projects with the Foundation and the broader community, with a focus on the challenges facing Haskell non-experts and how they hope to tackle them.
José Calderón is interviewed by Niki Vazou and Wouter Swierstra . José has been working on functional programming at Galois and University of Maryland. He tells us about his research background in many different continents, his experience with teaching compilers, the relation between music and functional programming and the “Recursive Programming Techniques” book that in the 1970s captured the essence of functional programming.
Graham Hutton is interviewed by Wouter Swierstra and Andres Löh. Graham is known for his work on Haskell both in research and teaching Haskell, and in particular his Haskell book. Graham will tell us a little bit about how his book came about and give us advice for how to write a book ourselves, but also look back on his experience using Haskell and teaching Haskell in the last thirty years, and tell us a little bit about how bad the compile times were for the very first versions of GHC.
Chris Smith is interviewed by Joachim Breitner and Andres Löh. Chris is the author of the CodeWorld teaching tool and discusses why too much curry in the language can make error messages hard to digest and why a self respecting testing library certainly should be used to test itself.
Jasper Van der Jeugt is interviewed by Niki Vazou and Joachim Breitner. Jasper plays an important role in the Haskell community, helping with
haskell.org, the Google Summer of Code project, ZuriHac and the ICFP programming contest, so there is much to talk about.
Gabriella Gonzalez is interviewed by Joachim Breitner and Alejandro Serrano, and we talk about Dhall, Nix, and Haskell, learn why Gabriella’s packages are sometimes called after characters of computer games, and get to know her elevator pitch for educating Haskell
The interviewee now goes by Gabriella as their preferred name, but at the time was still using Gabriel.
The guest in our second episode is Lennart Augustsson. The hosts are Wouter Swierstra and Niki Vazou. We talk about Lennart’s long history with Haskell, about the various jobs he has had, all the compilers he has written, and about dependent types.
The guest of our first regular episode is Emily Pillmore, CTO of the Haskell Foundation. The hosts are Alejandro Serrano and Andres Löh. We talk about Emily’s path to Haskell, the role of the Haskell Foundation and the CTO within the Haskell Foundation, about current projects, the Haskell Community and about Emily’s work on Optics.
We are starting a new Haskell-focused podcast where we interview guests from the Haskell community. The hosts are Niki Vazou, Joachim Breitner, Andres Löh, Alejandro Serrano and Wouter Swierstra. In this teaser episode, we introduce ourselves.
The music used is "Blue Lambda" by Donya Quick.
Many thanks to Donya for giving us permission to use this track for our podcast.
We are very grateful to Alp Mestanogullari for his help with editing the episodes and to Krishna Padmasola for his help with the transcription.