Leaving Microsoft

David Terei davidterei at gmail.com
Fri Nov 23 08:27:31 CET 2012

Thank you Simon for all the hard work on GHC over the years and for
the various opportunities I've had to work with you personally. The
change sounds exciting and I wish you all the best. With you there and
Bryan, hopefully Facebook can become a Haskell shop :). Also, perhaps
the change will mean you'll be visiting San Francisco on a regular
basis (or at least for FB bootcamp?), so please shout out to me when
you do. I'd love to catch up for a beer as I know a few other Haskell
hackers in the area would.


On 22 November 2012 03:26, Simon Marlow <marlowsd at gmail.com> wrote:
> Today I'm announcing that I'm leaving Microsoft Research.
> My plan is to take a break to finish the book on Parallel and
> Concurrent Haskell for O'Reilly, before taking up a position at
> Facebook in the UK in March 2013.
> This is undoubtedly a big change, both for me and for the Haskell
> community.  I'll be stepping back from full-time GHC development and
> research and heading into industry, hopefully to use Haskell.  It's an
> incredibly exciting opportunity for me, and one that I hope will
> ultimately be a good thing for Haskell too.
> What does this mean for GHC? Obviously I'll have much less time to
> work on GHC, but I do hope to find time to fix a few bugs and keep
> things working smoothly. Simon Peyton Jones will still be leading the
> project, and we'll still have support from Ian Lynagh, and of course
> the community of regular contributors. Things are in a reasonably
> stable state - there haven't been any major architectural changes in
> the RTS lately, and while we have just completed the switchover to the
> new code generator, I've been working over the past few weeks to
> squeeze out all the bugs I can find, and I'll continue to do that over
> the coming months up to the 7.8.1 release.
> In due course I hope that GHC can attract more of you talented hackers
> to climb the learning curve and start working on the internals, in
> particular the runtime and code generators, and I'll do my best to
> help that happen.
> Cheers,
>         Simon
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