[Haskell-cafe] GHC devs

Don Stewart dons at galois.com
Wed Oct 14 15:25:55 EDT 2009

> Hello Andrew,
> Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 10:28:45 PM, you wrote:
> > I had always *assumed* that there was something like a hundred core
> > developers
> only 10 and only in binary system :)))
> Simon Peyton-Jones works on "front-end", i.e compiling Haskell down to
> simple core language, and Simon Marlow does "back-end" i.e. compiling
> this to actual machine code and dealing with idiosyncrasies of all
> target systems. and Ian Lynagh is "Build engineer" maintaining
> releases, bug tracking and so on
> there are dozens of people doing interesting things with GHC and some
> of them are even going to main tree. and there are interns that
> implements some rather small and isolated parts of GHC. and dozen or
> so of people porting GHC to their environment, building packages and
> so on

About 1000 people have worked on libraries on Hackage. That's about two
orders of magnitude more than work on GHC.

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