[Haskell-cafe] Up and Down the Latter of Abstraction

Lyndon Maydwell maydwell at gmail.com
Wed Oct 12 06:57:45 CEST 2011

Hi Cafe.

I came across an interesting page about interactive abstraction called
"Up and Down the Latter of Abstraction" [1] while browsing

Under the appendix "Tools & Implementation" Bret Victor ponders:

  "Perhaps language theorists will stop messing around with arrows and
dependent types, and start inventing languages suitable for
interactive development and discovery."

I don't subscribe to the idea that static guarantees and functional
characteristics are mutually exclusive to interactive development and
discovery and I think they may actually complement each other
extremely well, but this page certainly does sell the interactive
aspect very effectively.

The closest I've seen to this proces from Haskell seems to have come
from "luite" and co (correct me if I'm wrong) and their work on the
Diagrams package and its surrounding infrastructure [2], however,
their interactive demonstrations no longer seem to be online. Still,
the dominant interface seems to be web-based, and I feel that a native
environment for this kind of explorative interactive programming would
be more effective.

Other languages that seem to be especially effective at this kind of
development are Processing [3] and Mathematica [4].

Has anyone had experience with interactive development in Haskell?

[1] - http://worrydream.com/LadderOfAbstraction/

  -- "Appendix: Tools & Implementation"

[2] - http://pnyf.inf.elte.hu/fp/Diagrams_en.xml
[3] - http://processing.org/
[4] - http://www.wolfram.com/mathematica/

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