[Haskell-cafe] Re: Libraries for Commercial Users

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Thu Oct 8 14:11:57 EDT 2009

The IHG (http://industry.haskell.org/) has funded about 6 months worth
of development so far. You can see the status report here:


Dynamic libraries, GMP-less GHC, and efficient Cabal, all appearing in
the GHC 6.12.

The IHG is designed as a mechanism whereby commerical users can ensure
the toolchain they depend on is around for the long haul, or kick
towards key features that would enable them to use Haskell in new ways.

I think it is the best mechanism we have for commerical users to work on
shared infrastructure -- stuff that benefits us all.

> Some of these are not ready for production use; e.g.: RESTng: "RESTng is 
> still experimental and incomplete". It has no documentation and doesn't 
> even compile. Sadly typical.
> It's a bit of a chicken and egg thing. I'd switch to Haskell in a  
> commercial setting if there were more good libraries, yet the act of  
> switching would lead to the production of more good libraries. The  
> latter, though, is cost-prohibitive, given all the components that would 
> need to be developed. A few years from now, or post Haskell-on-JVM, I 
> might be singing a different tune.
> I do greatly admire the work you and your company have done for Haskell.
> What has the Industrial Haskell group done so far? I haven't seen any  
> announcements. The work I'd be most interested in helping co-sponsor is 
> Haskell on JVM (biggest bang for the buck).

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