[Haskell-cafe] SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award
ijones at galois.com
Tue Jun 7 19:53:22 CEST 2011
I'm pleased to be able to relay the following announcement from ACM SIGPLAN:
The SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award is awarded to an
institution or individual(s) to recognize the development a software
system that has had a significant impact on programming language
research, implementations, and tools. The impact may be reflected in the
wide-spread adoption of the system or its underlying concepts by the
wider programming language community either in research projects, in the
open-source community, or commercially. The award includes a prize of
For 2011, the winners of the award are
Simon Peyton Jones and Simon Marlow of
Microsoft Research, Cambridge, for GHC
The award winners are donating the entirety of the prize money to
Simon Peyton Jones and Simon Marlow receive the SIGPLAN Software Award
as the authors of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC), which is the
preeminent lazy functional programming system for industry, teaching,
and research. GHC has not only provided a language implementation, but
also established the whole paradigm of lazy functional programming and
formed the foundation of a large and enthusiastic user community.
GHC's flexibility has supported experimental research on programming
language design in areas as diverse as monads, generalized algebraic
data types, rank-N polymorphism, and software transactional memory.
Indeed, a large share of the research on lazy functional programming in
the last 5–10 years has been carried out with GHC.
Simultaneously, GHC's reliability and efficiency has encouraged
commercial adoption, in the financial sector in institutions like Credit
Suisse and Standard Chartered Bank, and for high assurance software in
companies like Amgen, Eaton, and Galois.
A measure of GHC's influence is the way that many of the ideas of purely
functional, "typeful programming" have been carried into newer languages
and language features. including C#, F#, Java Generics, LINQ, Perl 6,
Python, and Visual Basic 9.0.
Peyton Jones and Marlow have been visionary in the way that they have
transitioned research into practice. They have been role models and
leaders in creating the large and diverse Haskell community, and have
made GHC an industrial-strength platform for commercial development as
well as for research.
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