[Haskell-cafe] Retro/indie Haskell to appreciate

Vanessa McHale vamchale at gmail.com
Sat Mar 19 16:56:48 UTC 2022

Hm found some more!

HBC - compiler for Haskell 1.4 https://www2.ki.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de/doc/html/hbc/hbc.html <https://www2.ki.informatik.uni-frankfurt.de/doc/html/hbc/hbc.html>

JHC - just for fun http://repetae.net/computer/jhc/ <http://repetae.net/computer/jhc/>

HLearn - an ambitious, Haskell-y project https://github.com/mikeizbicki/HLearn <https://github.com/mikeizbicki/HLearn>

Kansas Lava - part of the classic, Haskell+Hardware https://ku-fpg.github.io/software/kansas-lava/ <https://ku-fpg.github.io/software/kansas-lava/>

rx looks quite fun! Gotta study those grammars myself… 

tidal - not so retro but seems indie? cool spirit I think? http://tidalcycles.org <http://tidalcycles.org/>

http://hakaru-dev.github.io/intro/quickstart/ <http://hakaru-dev.github.io/intro/quickstart/>

https://kittenlang.org <https://kittenlang.org/>

https://www.egison.org <https://www.egison.org/>

^ not so retro but cool languages with a good spirit 

https://wiki.haskell.org/ThreadScope <https://wiki.haskell.org/ThreadScope>

> On Mar 14, 2022, at 10:28 AM, Johannes Waldmann <johannes.waldmann at htwk-leipzig.de> wrote:
>> I’m looking to appreciate “retro” Haskell projects,
> If "retro" = "old", then look at this from 1997
> https://github.com/jwaldmann/rx (state at first commit)
> And, I second what others have suggested:
> Paul Hudak: Haskore,
> https://web.archive.org/web/19970206084830/http://haskell.cs.yale.edu:80/haskore/
> Peter Thiemann: Wash,
> http://www2.informatik.uni-freiburg.de/~thiemann/haskell/WASH/
> The pinnacle of Haskell retrocomputing certainly is
> https://downloads.haskell.org/~ghc/0.29/
>> ... things from before stabilization/company use.
> Haskell(98,2010) does have stability:
> language and core libraries adhere to the report.
> It's the companies that are destroying it :-)
> But you're right, they also spend effort on stabilization.
> When I cabalized my project in/around 2014,
> I was pleasantly surprised how little change it needed.
> Basically, just build-depend: haskell98.
> Don't read the actual source too closely - it's full of
> Lists and Ints, because, well .. little did I know at the time.
> On the other hand: naive means of expression, combined with
> absence, or ignorance, of libraries - makes future-proof software.
> Will you tell us the results of your appreciations?
> Are you "just" collecting sources? (already that is worthwhile)
> Compiling them? Running? Benchmarking?
> Writing a paper? I'd love to read that.
> - J.W.
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