Meta-point: backward compatibility

Johan Tibell johan.tibell at
Wed Apr 23 14:50:36 EDT 2008

An interesting question. What is the goal of Haskell'? Is it to, like
Python 3000, fix warts in the language in an (somewhat) incompatible
way or is it to just standardize current practice? I think we need
both, I just don't know which of the two Haskell' is.

-- Johan

On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 2:16 PM, Chris Smith <cdsmith at> wrote:
> There appears to be some question as to the backward compatibility goals
>  of Haskell'.  Perhaps it's worth bringing out into the open.
>  >From conversations I've had and things I've read, I've always gathered
>  that the main goal of Haskell' is to address the slightly embarrassing
>  fact that practically no one actually writes code in Haskell, if by
>  Haskell we mean the most recent completed language specification.  This
>  obviously argues strongly for a high degree of backward compatibility.
>  On the other hand, I am assuming everyone agrees that we don't want to
>  replicate Java, which (in my view, anyway) is rapidly becoming obsolete
>  because of an eagerness to make the language complex, inconsistent, and
>  generally outright flawed in order to avoid even the most unlikely of
>  broken code.
>  --
>  Chris
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