Haskell and Vim

September 11, 2022

Between two procrastination sessions on my couch due to my recent unexplained health problems that force me to rest on bed most of the time, I spent a few hours (uh, over several days and in several times because of the general lack of energy) cleaning up the files that were lying around on my computer, writing some maintenance scripts, devising cleaner dark and light colorschemes for my terminal and Neovim, and reviewing my Neovim configuration. It now starts like a breeze, as you can see by yourself:

~ » hyperfine "nvim --headless +qa" --warmup 5
Benchmark 1: nvim --headless +qa
  Time (mean ± σ):      36.1 ms ±   0.3 ms    [User: 29.1 ms, System: 7.4 ms]
  Range (min … max):    35.5 ms …  37.0 ms    78 runs

~ » hyperfine "nvim --headless +qa" --warmup 5
Benchmark 1: nvim --headless +qa
  Time (mean ± σ):      28.1 ms ±   0.6 ms    [User: 22.6 ms, System: 5.6 ms]
  Range (min … max):    27.0 ms …  29.7 ms    103 runs

The above benchmarks were run with default (700-2,300 MHz) and high (up to 4,900 MHz) performance settings on my laptop. Most of the optimizations were done at the level of package management: I removed a bunch of unused stuff – the list of plugins I used went down from 15 to 10 plugins in the last two months, and moved most of the plugins to the opt directory. Lazy loading almost halved the above startup time indeed.

I even wrote a little doc file for my custom commands. Other than that, I spent a little time working on a general helper Bash script for the keywordprg utility, in order to get some help whether I’m using a Language server or not. As an example I have this little script that can be used from the command line or as a K handler in (Neo)vim:

#!/usr/bin/env bash


case "$1" in
	pydoc3 "${2}"
	Rscript -e 'args <- commandArgs(TRUE); help(args[2], package=c("base", "stats"), help_type="text")' --args "${2}"
	rc=$(hyperspec_lookup.ros "$2")
	"$BROWSER" "$rc"
	echo "Usage: $0 {stata|python|r|lisp|help}"
	echo "Usage: $0 {stata|python|r|lisp|help}"

exit 0

Not very polished, but it works as intended. The Lisp case was discussed in a previous post.

Back to the matter of this post. I originally intended to write about (Neo)vim and Haskell. After some reviews, I found that most of what I expected to say is already available online. I’m a hobbyist programmer, and I don’t spend a lot of time with Haskell or Clojure. When I started to play with those languages some years ago this was always with Emacs, and I got Intero and Cider to assist me. For Clojure there seems to be something like Conjure, but I usually rely on Clojure LSP myself. Regarding Haskell, there’s some Intero for Vim too. Starter kits relying on ghcide, hlint, hoogle are also available, but I don’t like starter kits anymore.

Without further ado, here are some retrospective posts on the state of Haskell and Vim in recent years:

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See Also

» On wrapping and reflowing text » Of signals and trap » GHCup and Haskell tooling in 2022 » Scheming with Vim » Wolfram Language Server