GHC 7.8 release?

Henrik Nilsson Henrik.Nilsson at
Thu Feb 7 16:04:47 CET 2013

Hi all,

Ian Lynagh wrote:

 > Does the Haskell Platform actually want to commit to using a GHC
 > release with "tons of [new] stuff", that has had little testing, days
 > or weeks after its release? I thought the idea was that it would
 > favour known-good releases over the latest-and-greatest, but perhaps I
 > misunderstood or the philosophy has changed.

 From a teaching perspective, I'd hope the philosophy is still
"known-good releases".

The Haskell platform is what we deploy on our teaching machines,
and we really need to be able to trust that it will work very
smoothly, or we'd risk losing lots of valuable teaching time and,
even worse, putting lots of students off Haskell. (Getting students
to appreciate Haskell is an upwards struggle at the best of times

Something like new run-time system features sounds like something
that really ought to be tested very thoroughly before being integrated
into the HP.

So, for (general) teaching, at least, stability over new features any



Henrik Nilsson
School of Computer Science
The University of Nottingham
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