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

Andrew Coppin andrewcoppin at btinternet.com
Thu Nov 4 16:56:30 EDT 2010

On 04/11/2010 08:47 PM, Ketil Malde wrote:
> Andrew Coppin<andrewcoppin at btinternet.com>  writes:
>> On a somewhat tangental note: It seems increadible to me that Haskell
>> was invented in 1990, and Miranda way back in 1985. At the same time,
>> Commodore Business Machines released the iconic Commodore 64 in 1982,
> It is amazing - although as you point out, computers weren't very
> capable, so although it may have been possible to run Gofer on an Amiga,
> it was not what the 1337 hackers used for their demos.
> But it shows how incredibly inert the field of computer science really
> is.  Or perhaps, how far software engineering is removed from computer
> science.

Well, mainstream computing seems to be far more driven by economics than 
technology. It's weird; on the one hand, every new programming language 
(or product, for that matter) must have some astounding new whizz-bang 
to make it stand out. And yet, at the same time, it mustn't be too 
radical, or people might be scared of it...

> Makes you wonder what the current day developments are that will be
> fighting for a corner of the mainstream in thirty years.

Only time will tell.

> -k

"If I haven't seen further, it is by standing in the footprints of giants"

What an oddly apt sentiment...

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