[Haskell-cafe] Re: "Haskell is a scripting language inspiredby
ketil at malde.org
Fri Nov 5 04:42:56 EDT 2010
Luke Palmer <lrpalmer at gmail.com> writes:
> To us, scripting meant short, potent code that rolled off your
> fingers and into the computers mind, compelling it to do your job with
> reverence to the super power you truly are.
Just when I thought, oh, there are two definitions for "scripting
language", another one pops out. So scripting languages can be three
1) A language for controlling ('scripting') an application (e.g. TCL, VBA)
2) A language for controlling the running of various applications
(e.g. shell scripts)
3) An agile language for making short programs (e.g. Perl)
Although Haskell is quite expressive, programs tend to need a bit of
'wrap' (module declaration, imports, etc), making it a bit more
heavyweight than Perl or AWK for #3. For #2, I think running other
programs are a bit too cumbersome, but perhaps this is just a library
problem? I haven't really looke at #1, I think we lack a small, easily
So, I wouldn't really call Haskell a scripting language in its current
state in any of these senses, although it's close for #3. I think you
see more of an advantage for slightly larger programs - ones that you
perhaps need to maintain - though.
More definitions of scripting language:
a) too slow to do real work
b) Also they "don't scale well"
I think Haskell can be fast enough to do 'real work', and although I
haven't really written any large programs in Haskell, I don't see why it
should scale worse than other languages.
If I haven't seen further, it is by standing in the footprints of giants
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