[Haskell-cafe] Re: Why is Haskell not homoiconic?
monnier at iro.umontreal.ca
Tue Oct 31 10:46:31 EST 2006
>> Homiconic means that "the primary representation of programs is also a
>> data structure in a primitive type of the language itself"
> The main reason is that Haskell is designed as a compiled
> language, so the source of the programme can safely
> disappear at runtime. So there's no need to have a
> representation of it beyond the source code.
I'm not sure it's relevant. In syntactically scoped Lisps, the code is
mostly manipulated at compile-time by macros, rather than at run-time.
And indeed, Template Haskell makes Haskell pretty much "homoiconic".
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