[Haskell-cafe] Can Haskell outperform C++?
wren ng thornton
wren at freegeek.org
Sat May 19 09:30:05 CEST 2012
On 5/16/12 3:57 PM, Bardur Arantsson wrote:
> Comparing languages is a highly non-trivial matter involving various
> disciplines (including various squidgy ones) and rarely makes sense
> without a very specific context for comparison.
Exactly. That's what I was trying to get at re the problems of comparing
Haskell to C++ (or indeed any pair of dissimilar languages). A
legitimate comparison will involve far more than microbenchmarks, but
then a legitimate comparison must always have a specific focus and
context in order to be able to say anything interesting. The problems I
see in language comparisons is that by and large they tend not to have
any such focus, and consequently they shed little light on how the
languages compare and shed a bit of darkness by serving only to confirm
 A nice counter-example to this trend are papers like:
There was another one comparing the expressivity of Java-style
polymorphism vs Haskell-style polymorphism, based on an analysis of
in-the-wild code; but I can't seem to pull it up at the moment.
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