[Haskell-cafe] Re: Creating a Haskell app to do crosstabs

Peter Simons simons at cryp.to
Thu Aug 11 05:18:54 EDT 2005

Bulat Ziganshin writes:

 > afaik Spirit is modeled after ParseC (parsing combinators)
 > haskell library and Phoenix was needed for this library
 > because parser combinators require lazy functional language to
 > work :)

Just a minor nit: the Phoenix library has nothing to do with
parsing. It's basically a collection of expression templates
which save you a lot of time when it comes to writing glue code.
Binding arguments of arbitrary function objects is something
Phoenix can do, for example. Spirit works well with that library
because both were written by the same author, but they aren't
really related.

You are right, though, that Spirit was influenced by Haskell
quite a bit. As a matter of fact, it was Spirit's author -- Joel
de Guzman -- who made me aware of Haskell when he posted some
example source code on the mailing list back then; I think it was
the usual implementation of Quicksort. I distinctly remember that
I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw that. ;-)


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