[Haskell-cafe] Requesting Feedback: I Love Haskell, but can't find a place to use it

Vagif Verdi vagif.verdi at gmail.com
Thu May 31 19:03:27 CEST 2012

Besides our web app and batch pdf generation procedures, i use haskell for 
internal one-off tasks.
Often i am being asked to import various data to database from text/excel 
files. Haskell is an excellent tool for this.

On Wednesday, May 30, 2012 5:30:28 PM UTC-7, Jonathan Geddes wrote:
> I love Haskell. It is my absolute favorite language. But I have a very 
> hard time finding places where I can actually use it!
> I had hoped that compiling Haskell to C with -fvia-C (or would it be just 
> -C?) would allow Haskell to run in new, uncharted territory such as Android 
> (with NDK), IOS, Google's NaCl, etc. But today I learned that GHC's C 
> backend has been deprecated!  Is it more difficult than I am imagining to 
> get Haskell to work in these environments? Is it simply a matter of low 
> interest in this kind of work? Or something more fundamental? Am I missing 
> something?
> I'm hoping that the Haskell->JavaScript efforts will mature enough to make 
> Haskell viable for client-side web apps. (I think the first sign of this 
> will be a self-hosting Haskell->JavaScript compiler.)
> I use Haskell for Server-Side code with various web frameworks, but over 
> the years more and more of the app logic is moved into client-side 
> JavaScript, leaving the server-side code as little more than a simple 
> validation and security layer over the database and other services. Haskell 
> doesn't have any trouble with this, of course, but it's not exactly a role 
> where it can shine. (Of course this is not true of ALL server-side code, 
> just the kind of apps I have been writing.)
> So anyway I'd like to request feedback: where can I use Haskell besides 
> simple CLI utilities, dull server code, or project Euler problems? Even if 
> it's just to contribute to getting Haskell in the environments mentioned 
> above, any feedback is welcome!
> Thanks for reading,
> --J Arthur
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