[Haskell-cafe] Portability of libraries.

Curt Sampson cjs at starling-software.com
Wed Sep 30 21:45:12 EDT 2009

On 2009-09-30 07:16 -0600 (Wed), John A. De Goes wrote:

> The cross-platform features have been extremely important to the success 
> of Java....

> Moreover, the importance of cross-platform libraries on the Java  
> platform is evinced by the fact that developers of major native  
> libraries _always_ make their libraries cross-platform....

Hm. It is interesting to note, then, that Ruby, which has worse
cross-platform support than Haskell[1], is yet still quite popular,
orders of magnitude more so than Haskell.

So while that portability may have helped Java, it doesn't seem required
to become popular.

[1] I've ported a fair amount of both Ruby and Haskell code from Unix
to Windows, so I think I have a pretty good handle on the the relative
portability of both.

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