[Haskell-cafe] Please repair Hugs-for-Windows download links

Conrad Cunningham hcc.olemiss at gmail.com
Thu Apr 30 15:56:31 UTC 2020

I used Mark Jones's HUGS (or its predecessor Gofer) in my elective
functional programming course from 1993 through 2010. It worked quite
nicely in that context. At some point after 2010, I switched to using GHC
to make sure I did not depend on unmaintained software and to be compatible
with Haskell 2010 and Simon Thompson's textbook.

In recent years, I used Haskell extensively in a required course on
programming language organization. Likely, HUGS would have made supporting
the large number of students in that course a bit easier.


H. Conrad Cunningham
Professor Emeritus & Chair Emeritus
The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)

Hm, what does "unmaintained" mean? Sure, long time (more than 10 years)
> no updates. Nevertheless, there doesn't seem to be a large number of
> requests for changes or corrections that are left without response. You
> may say, there are no users, hence no problems. You may also say that
> the users are simply quietly satisfied.
> And there are a few users, as witnessed by Doug's
>   https://mail.haskell.org/pipermail/hugs-users/2018-July/000902.html
> and Anthony's
>   https://mail.haskell.org/pipermail/hugs-users/2018-July/000900.html
> a bit further along in the same thread.
> When I started using Haskell in 2003, inspired by my use of Miranda in a
> course some 10 years before that, haskell.org had a "Implementation"
> button with Hugs, nhc, and GHC (of course) and perhaps more, Helium,
> jhc, uhc, lhc come to mind, I am not sure. Even on top of just wishing
> the Hugs links repaired, that list would also be high on my wish list.
> To be sure, I would never recommend any unmaintained program, such that
> Hugs very clearly labels itself on https://www.haskell.org/hugs (the
> wording is "no longer in development"), for any "serious" use.
> Nevertheless, it seems a waste not to maintain these references to
> valuable material, whether for educational, historical or just
> entertainment reasons. One valuable development, not particularly recent
> but worth mentioning, is Andy Gill's hpc, Haskell Program Coverage, that
> took place initially, as I understand, using nhc with Malcolm Wallace
> guidance.
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