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

Jan-Willem Maessen jmaessen at alum.mit.edu
Sun Jan 16 05:27:00 CET 2011

On Sat, Jan 15, 2011 at 9:02 PM, Jake McArthur <jake.mcarthur at gmail.com> wrote:
> So everybody doesn't have to go watch it, here is a shortened version of
> what Steele said in the video:
>> Although Fortress is originally designed as an object-oriented framework
>> in which to build an array-style scientific programming language, [...] as
>> we've experimented with it and tried to get the parallelism going we found
>> ourselves pushed more and more in the direction of using immutable data
>> structures and a functional style of programming. [...] If I'd known seven
>> years ago what I know now, I would have started with Haskell and pushed it a
>> tenth of the way toward Fortran instead of starting with Fortran and pushing
>> it nine tenths of the way toward Haskell.
> I think I might use this in some slides soon. :) Thanks for pointing it out!

The big things I can recall missing were pattern matching and
Haskell-style classes rather than OO + generic typing.  The Fortress
type system actually approximates pattern matching in some interesting
ways, but it's not the same.

-Jan-Willem Maessen
Experienced Fortress programmer (!)

> - Jake
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