[Haskell-cafe] Re: Non-technical Haskell question
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Tue Dec 7 14:07:35 EST 2004
On Tue, Dec 07, 2004 at 01:58:59PM -0500, Paul Hudak wrote:
> Aaron Denney wrote:
> >I'd rather it didn't until a few warts were fixed. OTOH, it may be too
> >late already, barring a Haskell 2.
> Does Python not have warts? Or Pearl, or Java, or C#? I don't think
> that a few warts prevent a language from becoming a "success".
Of course not. My point was not how to get Haskell to take off, but
that I'd rather one with fewer warts did than one with more.
A misfeature in a popular language sticks around forever.
I think Haskell is slowly accellerating, and will reach "widely known
about" status fairly soon.
> But you may be right that it is too late... Haskell is getting old!
> Sometimes I think that for a language to "succeed" it must do so in its
Perl didn't really take off until perl 4. Java had a huge marketing
engine behind it. Python did take off relatively quickly, though.
> Perhaps the thing to do is create a new language with a new name, but
> base it entirely on Haskell's semantics, then equip it with just one
> really good library to solve well just one important niche problem, and
> see what happens. If it is seen as a shiny new silver bullet in just
> one niche area, it might take off like a rocket.
And it lets the biggest warts be fixed.
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