[Haskell-cafe] Learning about haskell compilers

Jared Updike jupdike at gmail.com
Tue Dec 20 11:59:01 EST 2005

You are braver than me, but I must confess I've had the same desire.
Here's a great place to start:

Simon Peyton Jones, David Lester, Implementing functional languages: a tutorial

It's long, (sort of old) and written in Miranda (TM of Research Ltd.)
which is sort of a precursor to Haskell, but it should get you a lot
closer to understanding how lazy, pure functional languages work

You could also learn from the code and documentation of the various
implementations of Haskell: GHC, hugs, nhc, and

- jhc (http://repetae.net/john/computer/jhc/)
- YHC (http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/~ndm/yhc/) (an nhc derivatibe)
including a portable bytecode compiler

Or you could use GHC and hs-plugins to sort of embed a haskell
compiler into any Haskell program.

jupdike at gmail.com
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On 12/20/05, Creighton Hogg <wchogg at lotus.hep.wisc.edu> wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I was wondering where I should get started in learing about
> how to implement a haskell compiler?
> Are there papers, wiki entries, or other things people think
> would be helpful or should I just start looking at the
> source of one of the compilers?
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