A suggestion for the next high profile Haskell project [Was: Re: [Haskell-cafe] What is a hacker?]

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Fri Dec 15 11:26:41 EST 2006

On Thu, Dec 14, 2006 at 17:45:45 +0100, Benjamin Franksen wrote:
>One is that it opens up new possibilities for individuals that were
>formerly closed to them. The two most prominent projects written in
>Haskell (darcs and Pugs) have both been started by a single person
>undertaking a project that would otherwise (i.e. without Haskell) have
>been just too complex to realize. (David Roundy once said that the C++
>version he started with had after a while "amassed a solid number of
>bugs", so he gave up on it and started a re-implemention in Haskell
>(which clearly hasn't met the same fate).) With Haskell complex things
>become manageable for individuals again, and this opens whole new areas
>in the "noosphere" to conquer.

When reading this[1] I couldn't help thinking that rewriting GPG is an
excellent opportunity for using Haskell to have an impact on the world.


[1]: http://layer-acht.org/blog/debian/#1-58

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