[Haskell-cafe] Haskell as a religion
jgoerzen at complete.org
Thu Dec 18 09:13:57 EST 2008
Andrew Coppin wrote:
> Don Stewart wrote:
>> I think of Haskell more as a revolutionary movement
> LOL! Longest revolution EVER, eh? I mean, how long ago was its dogma
> first codified? ;-)
Lisp has been around for how long now? Measured in decades. We don't
even have our version of a Symbolics machine yet!
> Basically, Haskell will never be popular, but its coolest ideas will be
> stolen by everybody else and passed off as their own. :-(
Well, in a sense, if that happens, we would have won, right? We'd have
created a situation where "paradigm shift" would mean more than just a
buzzword on some CEO's presentation slide ;-)
In another sense, isn't this what Haskell was explicitly created to do?
(Combine ideas from a bunch of similar languages into one standard one)
Some ideas in Haskell are easy to integrate into other languages: see
list comprehensions in Python. I don't see Perl picking up pervasive
laziness anytime soon, nor Python compile-time type inference.
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