[Haskell-cafe] Why Exotic Languages Are Not Mainstream

Bulat Ziganshin bulat.ziganshin at gmail.com
Fri Aug 11 13:56:46 EDT 2006

Hello Johan,

Friday, August 11, 2006, 4:43:27 PM, you wrote:

> Haskell was mentioned in an article called "Why Exotic Languages Are
> Not Mainstream" on the blog defmacro.org the other day and I thought
> maybe someone would be interested (i.e. is procrastinating at work and
> need an excuse to do something else). Any comments?

> http://www.defmacro.org/ramblings/not-ready.html

i'm 100% agree with this article. imho Haskell is not ready for
_application_ programming mainly because of 3 issues:

- lack of specialists (and this means lack of teaching, training,
- lack of IDE/RAD tools (this includes debugging, visual construction
of GUI+DB part of program and so on)
- lack of variety of libraries (application programmers want to have
many libraries pre-written)

imvho, these issues are less important for system programming (such as
creating of web server or CMS system), so Haskell, with all its
features, now is a great tool for system programming. for example,
i've written zip-like tool with ghc

Best regards,
 Bulat                            mailto:Bulat.Ziganshin at gmail.com

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