[Haskell-cafe] A small milestone

Simon Peyton Jones simonpj at microsoft.com
Thu Jan 18 17:14:03 UTC 2018

Cherished friends
Today is my sixtieth birthday.
It is just over forty years since Phil and I called in at Yale on my way to FPCA, and floated the idea of Haskell with Paul Hudak<https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/publication/a-history-of-haskell-being-lazy-with-class/>.  (It wasn't called Haskell then, of course.)   Rather a lot of water has flowed under the bridge since then.  GHC's bug tracker is up to 14,683 tickets;  I have read every one of them.
But the best thing is Haskell's rich community of smart, motivated, passionate, and friendly colleagues.  There was a time when I knew every Haskell programmer on the planet, but we are far, far beyond that point.  Now it's beyond me even to keep up with the huge wave of elegant and creative ideas, tools, libraries, and blog posts that you generate.   (Kudos to Taylor - and doubtless other colleagues -- for the Haskell Weekly News<https://haskellweekly.news/>, which I love.)   But despite its size, it's a community that is still characterised by a love of elegance, and a desire to distil the essence of an idea and encapsulate it in an abstraction, all tempered with respect and tolerance. We don't always live up to these ideals, but by and large we do.
Thank you all.  Onward and upward!
PS: as birthday recreation I'm working on https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/QuantifiedContexts
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