[Haskell-cafe] Compilers written in Haskell?

Viktor Dukhovni ietf-dane at dukhovni.org
Tue Jan 28 22:38:28 UTC 2020

On Tue, Jan 28, 2020 at 08:50:48AM +0100, Tony Zorman wrote:

> Indeed, this one is interesting because it's *not* a haskell-like
> language.
> I would be interested in more of these kinds of e get the idea that
> haskell is only good for implementing compilers for haskell-like
> languages :)

It is perhaps worth keeping in mind that there are strong incentives for
mainstream compilers for mainstream languages to be self-hosting.  Thus
C compilers (mostly) in C, Haskell compilers (mostly) in Haskell, JDK
morstly in Java, etc., and e.g.


    (originally it seems O'Caml, now Rust)

This is especially true when the language both provides and uses a core
library built along with the compiler.

Thus compilers that are written in some other language are more likely
be for a niche DSL.


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