[Haskell-cafe] Re: develop new Haskell shell?

Donn Cave donn at drizzle.com
Fri May 12 12:07:47 EDT 2006

On Fri, 12 May 2006, Ben Rudiak-Gould wrote:
> ... For simple 
> commands and pipes, the bash syntax is perfect. For anything nontrivial, I 
> use some other language anyway. I long ago wrote a Perl script to do a far 
> more general form of the renaming example you gave above. As far as I know, 
> the only reason people write nontrivial /bin/sh scripts is that it's the 
> only scripting language that's universally available on Unix systems.

I have a blind spot here due to a visceral dislike of Perl, but I
do think there's a slim chance that a really well designed language
could be useful in that niche - roughly speaking, non-trivial shell 
scripts.  You're right, I wouldn't be able to use it at work, just
like "rc" or, for that matter, Haskell, but still I'd love to see
it happen.

I just think "really well designed" is a tall order, and the notion
that you can get there by just dropping Haskell into this application
domain is an absurdity on the order of Edgar Rice Burroughs' fantasy
of Tarzan appearing out of the jungle and being appointed chief of
the Waziri.

        Donn Cave, donn at drizzle.com

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