[Haskell] SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award

Tom Murphy amindfv at gmail.com
Tue Jun 7 20:12:53 CEST 2011

Congratulations, Simons!


On 6/7/11, Isaac Potoczny-Jones <ijones at galois.com> wrote:
> I'm pleased to be able to relay the following announcement from ACM SIGPLAN:
> The SIGPLAN Programming Languages Software Award is awarded to an
> institution or individual(s) to recognize the development a software
> system that has had a significant impact on programming language
> research, implementations, and tools. The impact may be reflected in the
> wide-spread adoption of the system or its underlying concepts by the
> wider programming language community either in research projects, in the
> open-source community, or commercially. The award includes a prize of
> $2,500.
> For 2011, the winners of the award are
> Simon Peyton Jones and Simon Marlow of
> Microsoft Research, Cambridge, for GHC
> The award winners are donating the entirety of the prize money to
> haskell.org.
> Citation:
> Simon Peyton Jones and Simon Marlow receive the SIGPLAN Software Award
> as the authors of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC), which is the
> preeminent lazy functional programming system for industry, teaching,
> and research. GHC has not only provided a language implementation, but
> also established the whole paradigm of lazy functional programming and
> formed the foundation  of a large and enthusiastic user community.
> GHC's flexibility has supported experimental research on programming
> language design in areas as diverse as monads, generalized algebraic
> data types, rank-N polymorphism, and software transactional memory.
> Indeed, a large share of the research on lazy functional programming in
> the last 5–10 years has been carried out with GHC.
> Simultaneously, GHC's reliability and efficiency has encouraged
> commercial adoption, in the financial sector in institutions like Credit
> Suisse and Standard Chartered Bank, and for high assurance software in
> companies like Amgen, Eaton, and Galois.
> A measure of GHC's influence is the way that many of the ideas of purely
> functional, "typeful programming" have been carried into newer languages
> and language features. including C#, F#, Java Generics, LINQ, Perl 6,
> Python, and Visual Basic 9.0.
> Peyton Jones and Marlow have been visionary in the way that they have
> transitioned research into practice.  They have been role models and
> leaders in creating the large and diverse Haskell community, and have
> made GHC an industrial-strength platform for commercial development as
> well as for research.
> Links:
> http://www.sigplan.org/award-software.htm
> http://corp.galois.com/blog/2011/6/7/sigplan-programming-languages-software-award.html

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