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

Jon Fairbairn jon.fairbairn at cl.cam.ac.uk
Thu Apr 23 05:18:39 EDT 2009

"John A. De Goes" <john at n-brain.net> writes:

> That's absurd. You have no way to access private source
> code, so any  decision on what features to exclude from
> future versions of Haskell  must necessarily look at
> publicly accessible source code.

This is all entirely beside the point. The question is not
whether n+k patterns should be in the language, it's whether
an implementation of Haskell 98 should include them.

> The only alternative is to continuously add, and never
> remove, features from Haskell, even if no one (that we
> know) uses them.

But we can remove them in future language versions. The
point I was trying to make at the beginning of this
subthread was that implementations should follow the
definition, because having a core language (Haskell 98) that
can be relied on is simpler and wastes less time than the

Jón Fairbairn                                 Jon.Fairbairn at cl.cam.ac.uk
http://www.chaos.org.uk/~jf/Stuff-I-dont-want.html  (updated 2009-01-31)

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