[Haskell-cafe] Updating the Haskell Standard
jgoerzen at complete.org
Wed Jul 20 14:14:23 EDT 2005
There was a brief discussion on #haskell today about the Haskell
standard. I'd like to get opinions from more people, and ask if there
is any effort being done in this direction presently.
I think an updated standard is overdue. I find it difficult anymore to
write any but the most trivial of programs using pure Haskell 98. Some
notable, and widely-used, features developed since then include:
* Overlapping instances
* Hierarchical namespace
* Undecidable instances
* All sorts of updates to the standard library
It has been awhile since I wrote a Haskell program that can compile in
pure Haskell 98 mode. I think it would benefit everyone if a more
up-to-date standard were made available.
I know that some people would like to hold off on such a process until
their favorite feature (we'll call it feature X) is finished. I would
argue that incremental addendums to the standard should be made more
frequently, so that new features can be standardized more easily.
Who organized the standardization effort last time?
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