[Haskell-cafe] Re: "Haskell is a scripting language inspired by Python."

Stephen Tetley stephen.tetley at gmail.com
Thu Nov 4 08:03:50 EDT 2010

Python is approximately as old as Python and most likely got
indentation from ABC.

Checking on Wikipedia, one of the ABC's creators was Lambert Meertens
(famous for *-morphisms amongst other things) so there is a lineage
going back to Algol and Peter Landin / ISWIM.

PS. my fact-checking is a bit ropey, but I think my general point
stands that the current popular languages haven't taken much if
anything from Haskell, rather its predecessors in the functional

On 4 November 2010 11:09, Heinrich Apfelmus <apfelmus at quantentunnel.de> wrote:

> As far as I am informed, Python got the significant whitespace from Haskell.
> Haskell itself (or rather the design committee) got the idea from SASL
> (1976) and Miranda (1986), though it goes way back to the 1960s, as
> described in section 4.1 "Layout" of
>  http://www.haskell.org/haskellwiki/History_of_Haskell

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