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

ajb at spamcop.net ajb at spamcop.net
Sun Dec 17 19:07:38 EST 2006

G'day all.

Quoting Bulat Ziganshin <bulat.ziganshin at gmail.com>:

> Haskell can't provide fast execution speed unless very low-level
> programming style is used (which is much harder to do in Haskell than in C,
> see one of my last messages for example) AND jhc compiler is used

I've written an implementation of OpenPGP.  (Not in Haskell, though.)

The PGP format is heavily character stream-based.  We know how horrible
the performance of character streams are in Haskell.  On one hand, this
would be an excellent test case.  On the other hand, performance would
indeed suck now.

Incidentally, to those wanting to write the next high profile Haskell
project, all I can suggest is to go ahead and do it.  That's how all of
the current high-profile projects were done, so why change a winning

Andrew Bromage

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