Erlang vs. Haskell (was Re: [Haskell-cafe] binary IO)

Simon Peyton-Jones simonpj at
Thu Dec 29 03:22:30 EST 2005

| Using Haskell for this networking app forced me to focus on all the
| issues _but_ the business logic. Type constraints, binary IO and
| serialization, minimizing memory use and fighting laziness, timers,
| tweaking concurrency and setting up message channels, you name it.

That's a disappointing result.  Mostly I think Haskell lets you
precisely focus on the logic of your program, because lots else is taken
care of behind the scenes.  You found precisely the reverse.

It'd be interesting to understand which of these issues are
	- language issues
	- library issues
	- compiler/run-time issues

My (ill-informed) hypothesis is that better libraries would have solved
much of your problems.  A good example is a fast, generic serialisation

If you felt able (sometime) to distil your experience under headings
like the above, only more concretely and precisely, I think it might
help to motivate Haskellers to start solving them.


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