[Haskell-cafe] Very freaky

Andrew Coppin andrewcoppin at btinternet.com
Wed Jul 11 14:37:35 EDT 2007

Jim Burton wrote:
> Andrew Coppin wrote:
>> On the one hand, it feels exciting to be around a programming language 
>> where there are deep theoretical discoveries and new design territories 
>> to be explored. (Compared to Haskell, the whole C / C++ / Java / 
>> JavaScript / Delphi / VisualBasic / Perl / Python thing seems so boring.)
>> On the other hand... WHAT THE HECK DOES ALL THAT TEXT *MEAN*?! >_<
> I agree, it's exciting to use Haskell because of its theoretical
> underpinning and the sense of it as a lab for PL ideas.

The other downside is that you end up with a world where most of the 
"tools" are in fact one-man research projects or small toys.

There are a few good, powerful, useful things out there. (GHC and Parsec 
immediately spring to mind.) But there's also a vast number of really 
tiny projects which don't seem to be terrifically well supported. Kind 
of makes me sad; Haskell seems almost doomed to be a language with 
fantastic potential, but little real-world traction.

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