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Conway’s Life in Haskell with Repa and OpenGL

Conway's Life in Haskell

The final state after starting with the acorn pattern

Repa is a new library in Haskell for handling arrays. It has flexible indexing like the old array library, but supports parallel computation, stream fusion, and has a rich API like the vector library.

To learn how to use repa, I implemented Conway’s Life using repa for the simulation and OpenGL for the display. The complete code is available on BitBucket and builds on my GLFW-b boilterplate, so I’ll only discuss the interesting parts here. Don Stewart wrote a good introductory tutorial to repa that will fill in any gaps I leave in this post.

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OpenGL in Haskell: GLFW-b Boilerplate

Haskell is turning out to be a great match for OpenGL. Since we can offload a lot of the rendering to shader code, we can use mostly pure Haskell functions to update the game or simulation in response to user input. Over a few blog posts, I’m going to outline how I’ve been using OpenGL in Haskell.

First, to use OpenGL we need a way to open a window, get a context, and respond to user input. There are several different cross-platform libraries to do this, but for simple projects I prefer GLFW. The Haskell package GLFW-b has bindings for GLFW and exposes a more Haskellish API than the regular GLFW package. Read the rest…

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