Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Shake User Feedback

I'll be at ICFP 2012 in a few weeks, talking about Shake. One thing I'd like to include on the slides are some information about how Shake is used by other people. Do you use Shake? If so:

  • What is the project? How do you use Shake?
  • Any comments on Shake, what you like, what you didn't?

Please either leave a comment on the blog, or email me - I'm mainly looking for snippets to put on slides. As always, if you have any other feedback, I'm always interested (this applies to any of my projects).

Shake Updates

Since I'm writing about Shake, I've made a number of enhancements in the darcs repo, which will be included in the next version. These changes include:

  • Faster database serialisation
  • Faster modification time checking
  • GHC 7.6 compatibility
  • Significant improvements to profiling output
  • Improved error messages

Anyone is welcome to try the darcs version out, but I may change the database format again before the final release (causing complete rebuilds), so I don't particularly recommend it - these are all refinements, not rewrites.

I look forward to seeing some Shake users in Copenhagen!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Standard Chartered is hiring

Standard Chartered, the bank where I work, is hiring – there are two vacancies for functional programmers in either London or Singapore. We’re looking for programmers to use Haskell full time (or more specifically, the Mu Haskell dialect), with the results used by many people, often the very next day. We write compilers, libraries, applications, web servers, DSLs and much more besides. All of the work is for use in house, and is usually geared towards finance, but no finance background is required. Standard Chartered has been using Haskell for over four years, and has hired lots of well-known Haskell programmers, including Lennart Augustsson, Ravi Nanavati, Malcolm Wallace, Roman Leshchinskiy and Don Stewart.

We’re looking for proper hackers – people who can quickly write top-quality code in response to what our users need. We have a large existing Haskell code base, which lots of people are continually developing, so experience with larger Haskell projects would be a plus. To apply, send a CV to neville.dwyer AT sc DOT com, and make sure the CV includes links to anything you’ve written on programming (Twitter, StackOverflow, blogs, academic papers) and links to any open-source software you may have written (github, hackage). If you have any more general questions feel free to email me.