Minimal effort build improvements and a GHC 8.2.2 upgrade

How attempting to speed up my CI builds led to upgrading to GHC 8.2.2 (and eventually speeding up my CI builds)


19 minute read

tl;dr - On a Haskell project I’m working on I started with >~20 minute cold-cache builds in the worst case in my Gitlab-powered CI environment then found some small ways to improve. Very recently I decided I wasn’t satisfied with ~10 / 15 minute builds and did the laziest, least-effort steps I could find to get to <10 minute cold-cache builds (~5min best case). Check out the [TLDR][tldr] section to see the Dockerfiles and steps I took summarized.

Adding a very naive in-memory cache to my Haskell web app

How I added very naive in-memory caching to my haskell webapp


28 minute read

tl;dr - I added some caching to an app I’m writing in Haskell using Servant. The implementation is pretty naive, but I’ve seen some speedups (as one would expect from skipping a database access), and am glad I was able to build such a simple solution in a language as expressive as haskell. Skip to the end TLDR section to see all the code laid out!

Adding Sqlite Powered Fts Search To A Servant Powered Haskell App

Adding light and easy Full Text Search with SQLite3 to my servant-powered web app


17 minute read

tl;dr - You may not need a big robust beautifully crafted DB like Postgres every time you build an app. Sometimes SQlite is probably enough. SQLite even provides Full Text Search addons in the way of FTS3/4 and FTS5, so that’s cool too – skim through the article for code snippets on the why/how I’m using SQLite + FTS3/4.

Moving From Server Side Sessions To Client Side Session Tokens with Servant

Documenting my move from Network.Wai.Session to Web.ClientSession


12 minute read

tl;dr - I moved from server-side stored sessions provided by Network.Wai.Session to client-side signed+encrypted session tokens provided by Wai.ClientSession for my Servant-powered webapp, it’s pretty easy, skim through to see the setup code, /login and /logout code that was required.

End To End Testing With Hspec (Almost)

Setting up E2E testing with HSpec and PhantomJS.


10 minute read

tl;dr While the setup works, the most mature haskell library for dealing with webdrivers that I could find wasn’t able to keep up with the changes in Selenium Webdriver :(. Skim through the post to check out the relevant code snippets and tech that made it all (almost) work.