[Haskell-cafe] Re: "Haskell is a scripting language inspired
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
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.
"If I haven't seen further, it is by standing in the footprints of giants"
What an oddly apt sentiment...
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