[Haskell-cafe] Re: statep haskell-lang [was: Re: Hoogle and Network.Socket]

Jonathan Cast jonathanccast at fastmail.fm
Thu Feb 26 15:17:07 EST 2009

On Thu, 2009-02-26 at 13:18 -0700, John A. De Goes wrote:
> Are you saying has been no progress since K&R C in the number of  
> libraries available to C programmers? And that C programmers still  
> have to edit files with vi and compile and link by specifying all  
> files on the command-line?
> You may disagree, but the evidence points in the opposite direction.  
> There are tens of thousands of robust C libraries available to suit  
> any particular programming need. Many of Haskell's own libraries are  
> based on C versions. Tool support for the C language (not for some  
> successor you might think would exist if the language continued  
> evolving) can detect memory leaks, detect memory overwrites, apply  
> dozens of automatic refactorings to C large-scale C programs, etc.
> Library and tool support for the C language is light years beyond  
> Haskell. It wouldn't be there if we had been through 20 iterations of  
> C each completely breaking backward compatibility.

Maybe you should use C then?


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