[Haskell-cafe] Why are OCaml and Haskell being used at these companies?

Jon Harrop jon at ffconsultancy.com
Wed Nov 14 06:02:01 EST 2007

On Wednesday 14 November 2007 10:55, luc.taesch wrote:
> do not expect it to be a lead to mass expansion for tommorow...

I think the functional programming market is far from saturated though: there 
are still many inroads to make into areas like technical computing that stand 
to benefit a lot from functional languages but require unconventional 
characteristics (like complex literals, vector and matrix routines, 
visualization etc.).

When functional languages achieve these goals I believe the total number of 
users will increase dramatically as scientists and engineers adopt them 
alongside their standard tools. Bioinformaticians are among the first to 
adopt functional programming languages but I believe more mainstream natural 
sciences will follow.

Dr Jon D Harrop, Flying Frog Consultancy Ltd.

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