[Haskell-cafe] Wikipedia on first-class object

Jonathan Cast jonathanccast at fastmail.fm
Fri Dec 28 18:55:34 EST 2007

On 28 Dec 2007, at 1:15 AM, Cristian Baboi wrote:

> On Thu, 27 Dec 2007 17:39:25 +0200, Jonathan Cast  
> <jonathanccast at fastmail.fm> wrote:
>> Haskell is not a computer programming language; Haskell  
>> implementations are not required to run on computers.  Haskell is  
>> a formal notation for computation (completely unrelated to the Von  
>> Neuman machine sitting on your desk).  It can be implemented on  
>> Von Neuman machines, because they are still universal Turing  
>> machines, but it is /not/ a radical attack on the problem of  
>> programming peripherals!
> How do you call that "thing" that implement Haskell ?

Usually I call it a compiler for a computer.  That's a fact about  
economics, not about Haskell.


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