[Haskell-cafe] off-topic question: why invent new Haskell-like compile-to-js functional languages when we have awesome js_of_ocaml ?

Ömer Sinan Ağacan omeragacan at gmail.com
Mon Nov 11 19:32:02 UTC 2013

I'm aware of this, but when I first tried it a few months ago, it was
not easy to use at all. Is it changed now?

Ömer Sinan Ağacan

2013/11/11 Charlie Paul <charlieap at gmail.com>:
>> (I'm assuming we won't have JS backend for GHC anytime soon)
> You would be somewhat mistaken. Just beware of compiling huge packages with
> it.
> On Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM, Ömer Sinan Ağacan <omeragacan at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Sorry for off-topic question, I'm asking this question here because as
>> Haskell community we invent lots of new Haskell-like(sometimes a
>> subset of Haskell like Fay, sometimes different languages with Haskell
>> syntax and Haskell-like features like Elm and recent language with row
>> polymorphic records -- I don't remember it's name) languages. What I'm
>> wondering is that js_of_ocaml project looks like solving all problems
>> we have. It's supports 100% of OCaml(it translates OCaml bytecode),
>> and OCaml is arguably better than all languages we invented(awesome
>> module system, records, strict by default, all OCaml libraries(except
>> FFI ones) work, like functional data structures, parser generators
>> etc.)
>> (I'm assuming we won't have JS backend for GHC anytime soon)
>> So in short, I don't understand why use Haskell like compile-to-js
>> languages instead of js_of_ocaml (other than learning purposes -- JS
>> may be a nice high-level target language to practice writing compilers
>> etc.)
>> Please note that I'm not using any compile-to-js languages in my work,
>> so I may not be able to make a fair comparison, but to me all other
>> compile-to-js langauges look worse after seeing js_of_ocaml. Of
>> course, if I had a JS backend for GHC(which would mean compiling
>> Haskell to JS with all extensions) it would be best solution, but for
>> now I think js_of_ocaml is superior to all other solutions.
>> I'm wondering your opinions about this.
>> Thanks,
>> ---
>> Ömer Sinan Ağacan
>> http://osa1.net
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