[Haskell-cafe] Somewhat random history question - chicken and egg
andrewcoppin at btinternet.com
Sun Nov 11 12:16:47 EST 2007
Dan Piponi wrote:
> This isn't a question specific to ghc.
Most certainly not. ;-) (Well, except that I asked "where did GHC come
from", which is pretty GHC-specific.)
However, it seems the general point of confusion is that writing (say) a
minimally-working C compiler intuitively "seems" quite easy (after all,
C is an extremely low-level language), whereas the constructs in Haskell
bear no resemblence to any machine-level constructs, and it "seems"
unthinkable that you could possibly write such a compiler in anything
but Haskell itself.
> In general, the process of
> bootstrapping compilers and porting them to new platforms can be
> described by T-diagrams. When I did a web search on T-diagrams the
> first hit I found,
> seemed to summarise them well.
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