[Haskell-cafe] A Procedural-Functional Language (WIP)

Richard Eisenberg rae at cs.brynmawr.edu
Sat Oct 22 19:35:40 UTC 2016

Hi Rik,

I'm unsure what to make of your proposal, as it's hard for me to glean out what you're proposing. Do you have some sample programs written in your proposed language? What is the language's grammar? What is its type system (stated in terms of inference rules)? Having these concrete descriptors of the language would be very helpful in assessing this work.


> On Oct 22, 2016, at 8:18 AM, Rik Howard <rik at dcs.bbk.ac.uk> wrote:
> Dear Haskell Cafe Subscribers
> on the recommendation of someone for whom I have great respect, I have just subscribed to this list, it having been suggested as being a good place for me to get feedback regarding a project that I have been working on.  I am humbled by the level of discussion and it feels to be a very bold step for me to request anybody's time for my words.
> The linked document is a four-page work-in-progress summary: the length being stipulated, potential novelty being the other main requirement.  Given the requirements, the summary necessarily glosses over some details and is not yet, I fear, completely correct.  The conclusion is, more or less, the one at which I am aiming; the properties are, more or less, the ones that are needed.
> http://www.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/~rik/gallery/work-in-progress/document.pdf <http://www.dcs.bbk.ac.uk/~rik/gallery/work-in-progress/document.pdf>
> The work arises from an investigation into functional programming syntax and semantics.  The novelty seems to be there but there is too a question as to whether it is simply a gimmick.  I try to suggest that it is not but, by that stage, there have been many assumptions so it is hard to be sure whether the suggestion is valid.  If anyone has any comments, questions or suggestions, they would be gratefully received.
> Yours sincerely
> Rik Howard
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