Vanessa McHale
  • Don't Bother With LLVM for Hobby Compilers

    by Vanessa McHale | Programming

    LLVM is widely used for compilers (rustc, Swift, Kitten), particularly in tutorials (kaleidoscope), but it need not be a default.

  • Imitating Cloc With Jacinda

    by Vanessa McHale | Jacinda

    Jacinda can imitate cloc by combining it with other command-line tools on the Unix command-line, viz.

  • Names in Haskell Compilers

    by Vanessa McHale | Haskell

    One common oversight in Haskell compilers is failing to intern identifiers using Ints and failing to prefer IntMaps and IntSets. The PureScript compiler, for instance, uses Maps as of writing.

  • Finding Cruft in Patches With Jacinda

    by Vanessa McHale | Jacinda

    Suppose we want to clean up all TODOs in a branch before merging. We can check for TODOs introduced with

  • Generating Other-extensions for Cabal Files

    by Vanessa McHale | Jacinda

    One would like to be able to find all language extensions in a given Haskell project in order to populate the other-extensions field of the .cabal file (cabal-install uses this for dependency resolution).