I've just released the Haskell library js-jquery 1.11.3, following the announcement of jQuery 1.11.3. This package bundles the minified jQuery code into a Haskell package, so it can be depended upon by Cabal packages. The version number matches the upstream jQuery version. It's easy to grab the jQuery code from Haskell using this library, as an example:
There are two goals behind this library:
- Make it easier for jQuery users to use and upgrade jQuery in Haskell packages. You can upgrade jQuery without huge diffs and use it without messing around with extra-source-files.
- Make it easier for upstream packagers like Debian. The addition of a jQuery file into a Haskell package means you are mixing licenses, authors, and distributions like Debian also require the source (unminified) version of jQuery to be distributed alongside. By having one package provide jQuery they only have to do that work once, and the package has been designed to meet their needs.
It's pretty easy to convert something that has bundled jQuery to use the library, as some examples:
- Shake converted in version 0.14.
- I wrote a pull request to convert criterion (not yet applied, or commented on).
- Iustin Pop wrote a pull request to convert ekg (being discussed here).
The library only depends on the
base library so it shouldn't cause any version hassles, although (as per all Cabal packages) you can't mix and match libraries with incompatible
js-jquery version constraints in one project.