[Haskell-cafe] Embedded scripting Language for haskell app

Yves Parès limestrael at gmail.com
Wed Aug 18 07:17:02 EDT 2010

Mmh, I raised this question some months ago, I thought about Scheme and I've
been recommended to use Lua instead of Scheme (as far as I remember, the
author of a scheme implementation available on Hackage told it wasn't solid

I would add something: who will script for your application?
If it is only the developper (i.e. you), you can use whatever language you
But if the application is intended to be extended by its users (just like
modders for games), then it may be preferable to use a -- still good -- but
knowed language. Or at least a language that is easy to learn.
Lua is a nice language, totally simple to learn, and made for scripting.
Haskell is a über powerful language, but it is much longer to learn.
Scheme is simpler to learn than Haskell, but far more "exotic" than Lua.
Anyway, that's just my opinion.

2010/8/18 Stephen Sinclair <radarsat1 at gmail.com>

> On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 6:05 AM, Hemanth Kapila <saihemanth at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Hi,
> > Can some one please give me a suggestion on the best choice for an
> embedded
> > scripting Language for a haskell application?
> > I mean, something like guile/lua for c/c++ and groovy/jruby for java.
> > For quite some time, I've been using a lisp-like interpreter that I
> > implemented myself. But this is not going too well - going by this road,
> I
> > suspect I will end up with a mule. I am looking for a pony (a declarative
> > programming language). I am okay with a donkey too.
> > baskell[1] seems interesting. And there's hslua[2].
> > Can one use hint[3] like this ?
> How about a tiny lisp or scheme interpreter?  Lots of those to choose
> from, (including some written in Haskell) and with a few clever macros
> you could easily provide a declarative DSL for users to work with.  I
> see that you mentioned guile, but even tinyscheme would be pretty
> powerful and only add a few K to your project.
> This raises the question, what is the smallest (or most embeddable
> anyway) Haskell interpreter that can be built?
> Steve
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