Elm: The Elm compiler and server.

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Deprecated. in favor of elm-compiler

Elm aims to make client-side web-development more pleasant. It is a statically/strongly typed, functional reactive language to HTML, CSS, and JS. This package provides a compiler and server for Elm.

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Dependencies base (>=4.2 && <5), blaze-html (==0.5.0.*), blaze-markup (==0.5.1.*), containers (>=0.3), deepseq, happstack-server (==7.0.2), HTTP (>=4000), mtl (>=2), parsec (>=3.1.1), transformers (>=0.2) [details]
License BSD-3-Clause
Copyright Copyright: (c) 2011-2012 Evan Czaplicki
Author Evan Czaplicki
Maintainer info@elm-lang.org
Category Compiler, Language
Home page http://elm-lang.org
Source repo head: git clone git://github.com/evancz/Elm.git
Uploaded by EvanCzaplicki at 2012-05-23T03:23:18Z
Distributions NixOS:0.13
Executables elm-server, elm
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This is the Elm compiler and server, allowing you to develop Elm applications that run in any modern browser.

Installation Process

Download the Haskell Platform. This will give you access to the Haskell compiler (needed to build Elm) and Haskell's package distribution system (to make installation of Elm easier). Once installed (even if it already was), you must update your listing of Haskell packages with:

cabal update

This will ensure that the elm package is available. Then install Elm with:

cabal install elm

Assuming everything goes correctly (potential problems are discussed later), this will build two executables on your machine:

  • elm is a standard compiler that takes .elm files and produces .html files. You can then use these HTML files with your favorite web-framework.

  • elm-server is both a compiler and server, allowing you to develop without designing and setting up a server yourself. Running elm-server starts a server in the current directory. It will compile and serve any .elm files in the current directory and its sub-directories. This is how I prefer to develop Elm programs.

To use these executables you need to add a new directory to your PATH. For me, the executables were placed in /home/evan/.cabal/bin which I appended to the end of my PATH variable in my .bashrc file. Cabal should tell you where your executables are located, so you can make a similar addition (see this tutorial if you are new to changing your PATH in Unix/Linux).

That is almost everything. Now, we will create a simple Elm project. The following commands will set-up a very basic project and start the Elm server.

mkdir helloElm
cd helloElm
wget https://raw.github.com/evancz/Elm/master/elm-mini.js
echo main = lift asText Mouse.position > main.elm

The first two commands create a new directory and navigate into it. Then next command (wget) downloads the elm-mini.js file which is the Elm runtime system and must be in the root directory of your Elm project. If you do not have wget, just follow this link and download it directly. The echo command places a simple program into main.elm. The final command starts the Elm server at localhost, allowing you to navigate to main.elm and see your first program in action.

Potential problems and their solutions:

  • Install errors having to do with happstack-server-7.0.2. This version of happstack-server has stricter dependency restrictions that conflict with other libraries required by Elm. Try installing with an earlier version of happstack-server with the following command: cabal install elm --constrain="happstack-server<7.0.2"
  • When installing on Debian, blaze-html- fails to compile. You must install blaze-html- instead.
  • Elm does not appear to work with the latest versions of containers (i.e. 0.4.2.*). I know it works with earlier versions of containers, so to avoid this problem, you can try: cabal install elm --constrain="containers==" --force-reinstall
  • On Windows, HAppStack has trouble installing because of issues with the "network" package. I struggled with this problem on Windows 7 until I found the suggestion at the bottom of this page.
  • Likely more to come...

Areas for further work:

Error messages need work in general. Syntax and Parsing errors are reported, but the messages are not very helpful. Type errors currently go unreported. I hope to fix this as soon as possible.

If you are interested in making a large contribution, please contact me at info (at) elm-lang (dot) org so that we do not duplicate any work!