[Haskell-cafe] A small milestone

Henk-Jan van Tuyl hjgtuyl at chello.nl
Fri Jan 19 02:16:00 UTC 2018

Congratulations and thanks for all the work on the beautiful language I  
have been studying and using the last fifteen years.

Henk-Jan van Tuyl

On Thu, 18 Jan 2018 18:37:06 +0100, Simon Peyton Jones via Haskell-Cafe  
<haskell-cafe at haskell.org> wrote:

> Hmm.  Maybe 1987 was thirty years ago, not forty.  Clearly old age saps  
> one’s mental arithmetic.  Best to read the  
> paper<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.microsoft.com%2Fen-us%2Fresearch%2Fpublication%2Fa-history-of-haskell-being-lazy-with-class%2F&data=02%7C01%7Csimonpj%40microsoft.com%7Cc4d7a883633f4bc5be7308d55e975753%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C636518926451639509&sdata=PIKf6Tp95N2w%2F%2BwnQwyLNkuoIP5p%2F%2FofI%2B7eAccJnJM%3D&reserved=0>  
> 😊.
> Simon
> From: Haskell-Cafe [mailto:haskell-cafe-bounces at haskell.org] On Behalf  
> Of Simon Peyton Jones via Haskell-Cafe
> Sent: 18 January 2018 17:14
> To: haskell at haskell.org; Haskell Cafe <haskell-cafe at haskell.org>
> Subject: [Haskell-cafe] A small milestone
> Cherished friends
> Today is my sixtieth birthday.
> It is just over forty thirty years since Phil and I called in at Yale on  
> my way to FPCA, and floated the idea of Haskell with Paul  
> Hudak<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.microsoft.com%2Fen-us%2Fresearch%2Fpublication%2Fa-history-of-haskell-being-lazy-with-class%2F&data=02%7C01%7Csimonpj%40microsoft.com%7Cc4d7a883633f4bc5be7308d55e975753%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C636518926451639509&sdata=PIKf6Tp95N2w%2F%2BwnQwyLNkuoIP5p%2F%2FofI%2B7eAccJnJM%3D&reserved=0>.   
> (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://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fhaskellweekly.news%2F&data=02%7C01%7Csimonpj%40microsoft.com%7Cc4d7a883633f4bc5be7308d55e975753%7C72f988bf86f141af91ab2d7cd011db47%7C1%7C0%7C636518926451639509&sdata=dIrK%2FTAR35aPdiqWiiLWx3VxEpnZxONI%2FX%2Bbdz0dXA0%3D&reserved=0>,  
> 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!
> Simon
> PS: as birthday recreation I’m working on  
> https://ghc.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/QuantifiedContexts

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