April Fools' Or Should Wayland Switch Away From Using C?
Written by Michael Larabel in Wayland on 2 April 2017 at 04:18 AM EDT. 51 Comments
An independent developer wrote a message on the Wayland mailing list this weekend how Wayland should "move away from C." While Rust is all the fun these days to those looking towards a "safer" programming language, it was suggested Wayland be re-implemented in Haskell.

The message can be found on wayland-devel.

While it may be quickly written off as an April Fools' joke, that same developer has for months been working on a Haskell implementation of the Wayland protocol. The Haskell-ized Wayland is called "Sudbury" and has been for months been in the works by this lone developer. The developer, Auke Booij, wrote "Let's develop a more friendly and inviting library. Sudbury is an attempt to serve many usages of the wayland protocol: desktop applications, compositors, protocol dumpers, test utilities...In addition, we would like to support many different programming paradigms - especially since in Haskell there are many different approaches to streaming IO...While libwayland hides implementation details, sudbury exposes implementation details...We intend to place unsafe code in self-contained modules, separated from the Haskell code we intend users to use directly."

Those interested in the Haskell-based Wayland Sudbury project can find it hosted on GitHub. But beyond that, feel free to discuss "Wayland in [your favorite language]" in the forums for some interesting weekend fodder.
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