[Haskell-cafe] Re: ANNOUNCE: Utrecht Haskell Compiler (UHC) -- first release

Lennart Augustsson lennart at augustsson.net
Tue Apr 21 10:41:24 EDT 2009

I think the only way your release is going to get significant feedback
is when it's ready to compile substantial existing Haskell programs
I might try UHC on some toy example for a few minuts, but if it falls
over when I give it code that I've already written I'll soon give up
using it.

I don't know what state UHC is in rigth now, because it doesn't
install with cabal and I'm too lazy to install by hand.

I think the bar for entry into the Haskell compiler market is pretty
high these days.  Not only do you need to support (98% of) Haskell 98,
but you also need to support the most commonly used extensions.

Still, I think it's great to see another Haskell compiler!

  -- Lennart

On Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 4:23 PM, Stefan Holdermans <stefan at cs.uu.nl> wrote:
>>> If we had been interested in raising fierce discussions about n+k
>>> patterns or how and where cabal installs things, we could have easily
>>> achieved the same effect with much less effort.
>> you mean that we should shoot up? :)
> If the release of UHC contributes to whatever discussion regarding Haskell,
> that's of course, in its own right, a Good Thing---as long as the discussion
> turns out to be a fruitful one and doesn't end up in a religious war. (I'm
> by no means claiming that the current ones on (n + k)-patterns and cabal
> are!)
> However, that's of course not our main motivation for releasing UHC. We
> ourselves find the EHC infrastructure very useful for experimentation with
> type systems and back ends. Owing a great deal to the community, we hope
> that by releasing the infrastructure in the form of a not so much mature but
> at least maturing Haskell compiler we can give something back to the
> community and have it profit from the contained technology. Therefore, it
> would be a shame if  UHC was only to be associated with debating language
> features and build systems; I'm confident, however, that it won't.
> Cheers,
>  Stefan
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