[Haskell-cafe] Guy Steele's Praise For Haskell @ Strange Loop Keynote

Warren Henning warren.henning at gmail.com
Sun Jan 16 00:15:57 CET 2011

Pretty interesting links, thanks.

Unfortunately, if Fortress is to have any chance of success with
programmers, it will need to be straight-line and essentially have
Algol-based syntax.

MATLAB, LabVIEW, Fortran, Java, C, and non-OO C++/random subsets of
C++ rule scientific programming. Unit testing is rare and sporadic. In
dragging scientists halfway to something new, the exotic, powerful
things in Haskell will have to be left behind, just as Java only has a
tiny fraction of what Smalltalk has had since the '80s.

That seems clear to me, anyway.


On Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM, aditya siram <aditya.siram at gmail.com> wrote:
> Guy Steele did the keynote on parallelism [1] at the Strange Loop [2]
> conference in which he said that he could do it over Fortress [3]
> would have been modeled on Haskell rather than Fortran. The relevant
> portions are between 49:36 - 49:50. Thought it might interest readers
> of this list.
> -deech
> [1] http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Thinking-Parallel-Programming
> [2] http://strangeloop2010.com/
> [3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fortress_(programming_language)

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