[Haskell-cafe] Accounting Engine in Haskell

Amiruddin Nagri amir.nagri at gmail.com
Tue Jun 15 04:08:27 EDT 2010

My current project is about making an accounting engine that handles all
the journal entries, transactions, portfolios etc. The communication
with the engine is based on simple protocol, the things to be taken
care of in the order are consistency, handling large data(performance) and

I came across a video lecture by Simon Peyton Jones where he gives an
example from Financial domain (derivatives etc) to explain how haskell is
being used and the advantages provided.

I am interested in knowing if Haskell will be the right fit for my project.
My requirements are transactional nature, which I believe is one of the
strengths of functional programming, also handling large data set and being
available. there is no such requirement for partitioning of data and the
application is going to be centrally hosted on a single server.

AFAIK OCaml and other functional languages are heavily used in financial
domain, some of the reason are same as features I am looking for.
I wanted some insight as to how Haskell is going to help me with my project.
Also there has been some concerns because of lazy evaluation in Haskell and
memory leaks associated with it.

Also, if you have any suggestions of the choice of programming
language, we have been looking into other functional languages like
 Scala and Clojure. But we have not dig deep on the performance
aspects of these languages, if someone can shed a light on the pros-
cons of these languages, it will help us very much to come to a

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