[Haskell-cafe] Why can't Haskell be faster?

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Wed Oct 31 18:12:44 EDT 2007

> Are these benchmarks still up-to-date? When I started learning FP, I had 
> to choose between Haskell and Clean, so I made a couple of little 
> programs in both. GHC 6.6.1 with -O was faster in most cases, sometimes 
> a lot faster... I don't have the source code anymore, but it was based 
> on the book "The Haskell road to math & logic".

Could be in the better Haskell libraries? We only really have the
shootout programs, which are very small.
> However, the Clean compiler itself is really fast, which is nice, it 
> reminds me to the feeling I had with Turbo Pascal under DOS :-) I find 
> GHC rather slow in compilation. But that is another topic of course.

I find it comforting that GHC thinks so hard about my code. :)

-- Don

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