[Haskell-cafe] Hugs

Giacomo Tesio giacomo at tesio.it
Wed Apr 20 17:06:58 UTC 2016

2016-04-13 17:51 GMT+02:00 David Feuer <david.feuer at gmail.com>:

> Yes, this is all a bit tongue-in-cheek, but I really do think that
> pointing students to an unmaintained language implementation (regardless of
> the pedagogical reasons) has negative consequences for the functional
> programming community as a whole.

Today I was looking for a simplified version of Haskell that could compete
in size with Lua or Wren.
Nothing exist.

I thought: oh... but what about Hugs98? Not Lua sized, but still better
than GHC!
Let see the age of the last related mail in haskell-cafe... you can't
imagine my surprise reading this thread!

GHC *is* too complex for a wide variety of use case.
Porting Hugs to an new operative system used to be approachable for a
single programmer, GHC have never been.

Is this a language issue?
I don't think so... but apparently, despite the abundance of language
hackers in the Haskell community, nobody still tried to prove that an
interpreter for the core Haskell language can be written in a reasonable
amount of C code.

Thus, to my money (and admittedly for my own use cases), if somebody renew
the interest around a simpler Haskell implementation, he's going to have a
really *positive *effect.

PS: if somebody knows about a similar project please drop me a line (Helium
does not fit the requirements, as it depends on GHC itself).
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