Haskell source editor

This term I’m taking (well actually not much choice here, it’s an obligatory course) a haskell class (officially it’s a functional programming class but 90% will be haskell).
So I decided to take a look at different options available for coding in haskell.

My first choice was Notepad++ and WinHugs. So Notepad++ is for editing and WinHugs is for running my code. I even did my first home work :)
Unfortunately there is no ready to use syntax highlighting scheme for haskell in Notepad++ and I wasn’t able to find any in internet.

So I searched for other solutions:
1. There is a mode for TextPad, but I think it’s disgusting, so I’m not gonna use it anyway.
2. There is Visual Haskell and it seems to be pretty cool, but it requires installing Visual Studio 2003 and I just don’t feel like doing that :)
3. There is a plug-in for Eclipse. And since I’m becoming an eclipse fan lately, I decided to try it. It’s pretty nice. It supports both WinHugs and GHC. GHC is a compiler for haskell that seems to perform pretty well. At least results at The Computer Language Shootout are amazingly good. But as of now I find it little bit complicated to use, so I’m sticking with WinHugs for now.

But I’m still hesitating what’s better eclipse or notepad++ for my needs. If I had to solve more complex problems in haskell or had to write production code, I would definitely stick with eclipse. But it’s hard to choose now.

UPD: The final solution is ConTEXT editor + GHC, GHCi and WinHugs.


Term paper

I’m trying to write the document that describes what I’ve done and how for my term work. And again I come across the problem that I’ve always had. Writing the damn paper is harder than doing the actual work was.

The reason that it upsets me even more now is that I’m starting to realize that in most cases writing that kind of papers is more important than doing the actual work and is paid much better for. So I guess I’ll have to learn doing that. That’s the main reason why you’re able to read this post. And if my attitude to life doesn’t change in near future you should be able to read some more soon.