[Haskell-cafe] Language simplicity

Andrew Coppin andrewcoppin at btinternet.com
Wed Jan 13 14:29:23 EST 2010

Brandon S. Allbery KF8NH wrote:
> On Jan 12, 2010, at 17:12 , Niklas Broberg wrote:
>>> Haskell '98 apparently features 25 reserved words. (Not counting 
>>> "forall"
>>> and "mdo" and so on, which AFAIK are not in Haskell '98.)
>> 21 actually. case, class, data, default, deriving, do, else, if,
>> import, in, infix, infixl, infixr, instance, let, module, newtype, of,
>> then, type, where. There's also three special words that can still be
>> used as identifiers, so aren't reserved: as, qualified, hiding.
> Are we counting the FFI annex ("foreign")?

Strictly, wasn't that added *after* the Haskell 98 report was written? 
I.e., if you wanted to be ultra-technical about it, it's not part of the 
original Haskell '98?

At any rate, no I didn't count the FFI. (Since I almost never use it.)

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