[Haskell-cafe] Aim Of Haskell

Mark Goldman bitshifter at gmail.com
Thu Dec 14 03:03:51 EST 2006

I have been keeping up with this thread.  As a user of Haskell for
comercial purposes, I can say that it does what I want.  The only
thing currently on my wish-list is some sort of run time debuging.
(sometimes you want to know how you got to the empty list that you
took the head of :)  Anyhow, I find haskell more than adequete for my
programming.  I say this to set up my next statement.  I really don't
want there to be huge accretions to the language proper.  I understand
lisp has had a rough go because there wasn't enough standardisation of
libraries, but on the other hand, I think languages like Java went

My point, I guess, is that I find haskell to be easy and efficient to
develop applications with.  It is quite practical.  Also, the academic
research that goes in to Haskell continues to make it more practical.
I, for one, do not want the spirit of Haskell to change just to make
it how people think it would be useful in the comercial world.  It's
current spirit makes it very useful and rewarding.

Now, haskell isn't the right tool for every job.  I still use
languages such as Perl, C, and Java.  All I can say is any tool that
tries to do everything will excel at none of them.  If your particular
problem is a good match for Haskell, please do use it.  If it is not,
then find a language that fits your problem better.

I apologise for the rambling, but it is 3am here and I should be in bed ;)

I suppose I've rambled enough


On 12/13/06, Kaveh Shahbazian <kaveh.shahbazian at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think this is going out of the way. Excuse me, but the main discussion was
> not about pascal!
> And thanks again to all. Now I think there is a bigger whole between current
> situation of Haskell and using It as a real tool, than what I thought
> before.
> But any way; I still have a hope for rising a new folk of thinkers in
> software world that will put ideas to work more practically. Haskell got
> academic-centric-being syndrome, as JAVA got perfectionism syndrome (see
> elegant and useless design patterns and architectures there!).
> I can not imagine a pure and clear vision about this new folk that IT world
> lakes now. If anyone helps me with clarification of this thing, It will be
> great to me!
> Best regards
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