[Haskell-cafe] Speculation, OT: Program a Spreadsheet

trent shipley trent.shipley at gmail.com
Sun Nov 19 23:51:34 UTC 2017

Hi Brandon, Olaf,

I did not mean to be a jerk. I think Olaf has an itch and a good idea of
how to scratch it, and it could be the basis for a great project. I've
never used Mathematica, so I have a hard time visualizing what he is
driving at. My apologies if I was inappropriate.

It is reasonable to ask whether there would be a reasonable user base for a
functional programming language/spreadsheet. My intuition is that there
would be among more advanced spreadsheet users. So that is obviously a
point of disagreement, but that is OK. We should probably debate that.

I also think he is talking about a different thing than I am, and what this
thread has been apart thus far. It is a Bad Thing (in the Winnie the Pooh
sense) when threads turn into fibers. I think Olaf's idea/itch is actually
quite good, and deserves a thread of its own.

With apologies,


On Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 4:38 PM Brandon Allbery <allbery.b at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Nov 19, 2017 at 4:50 PM, trent shipley <trent.shipley at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I must say you haven't convinced me that there is no use for a
>> spreadsheet functional language. Nor have you convinced that important,
>> mission critical work is not done in spreadsheets.
> I am pretty sure you're talking past each other at this point. Step back
> and take a deep breath, both of you.
> --
> brandon s allbery kf8nh                               sine nomine
> associates
> allbery.b at gmail.com
> ballbery at sinenomine.net
> unix, openafs, kerberos, infrastructure, xmonad
> http://sinenomine.net
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://mail.haskell.org/pipermail/haskell-cafe/attachments/20171119/fee640de/attachment.html>

More information about the Haskell-Cafe mailing list