[Haskell-cafe] Unifcation and matching in Abelian groups

John D. Ramsdell ramsdell0 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 21 21:51:58 EDT 2009

Let me put all my cards on the table.  You see, I really am only
slightly irrigated by offset syntax.  In contrast, I am a strong
proponent of functional programming for parallel programming.  In my
opinion, it has to be the "new way" for multiprocessor machines.  Just
think about it and if other paradym could possibly work.  We've tried
many on them.  Many years ago, I wrote SISAl programs.  There were
many good ideas in SISAL, but it did not catch on.  Perhaps Data
Parallel Haskell will catch on.  In my opinion, something like it is
the ``answer.''  Even though the code I submitted is not parallel,
I've thought about how to make it so.  And isn't thinking parallelism
iour future?  I think so.


On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 10:04 AM, Jules Bean<jules at jellybean.co.uk> wrote:
> John D. Ramsdell wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 20, 2009 at 9:08 AM, Jules Bean<jules at jellybean.co.uk> wrote:
>>> I don't find layout a problem, with good editor support. I agree it's a
>>> problem, with poor editor support. That's all I meant.
>> Let's put this issue in perspective.  For those few Haskell
>> programmers that do find layout irritating, I'm sure we would all
>> agree it's but a minor irritation.  The real downside of layout is if
>> non-Haskell programmers use it as an excuse to dismiss the language.
>> I happen to think that Data Parallel Haskell has great potential  for
>> use in high performance computations.  I'd hate to see a bunch of
>> Fortraners not try DPH because of Haskell syntax.
> Well that's a reasonable point.
> They can still use the non-layout form if it bothers them that much?

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