[Haskell-cafe] Re: Hoogle and Network.Socket

John A. De Goes john at n-brain.net
Wed Feb 25 21:00:56 EST 2009

The problem is that PL research is probably not going to stop evolving  
in our lifetimes. Yes, that research needs a venue, but why should it  
be Haskell? Haskell is a good language and it's time to start  
benefiting from the research that's already gone into it. That means  
some tradeoffs.

Haskell is already behind state-of-the art in PL research and it seems  
unlikely to catch up (witness the slow evolution of Haskell' and the  
non-existent progress on Haskell2). Of course, I could be wrong.


John A. De Goes
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On Feb 25, 2009, at 6:19 PM, Achim Schneider wrote:

> "John A. De Goes" <john at n-brain.net> wrote:
>> Personally, I'd be happy to see that explosion of innovation in the
>> library and tool spaces, even if it means the language itself stops
>> evolving (for the most part). It will make it a lot easier do use
>> Haskell commercially, and the innovators in the language space will
>> find or invent a new target to keep themselves occupied.
> And this is why we must avoid success: It would mean instant failure.
> There are already enough hype-languages around, there's not too much  
> of
> a point to add one to them. Haskell won't stop evolving and
> (conservatively) keeping up with PL research until that's done, or
> Dependent Typing is well-understood, whatever comes first.
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