[Haskell-cafe] Re: Why is Haskell not homoiconic?
jon.fairbairn at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Oct 31 09:21:31 EST 2006
"Henning Sato von Rosen" <henning.von.rosen at gmail.com> writes:
> Hi all!
> I am curious as to why Haskell not is homoiconic?
It very nearly is. The icon for Haskell is a lower-case
lambda, but the logo for these folk
http://www.ualberta.ca/~cbidwell/cmb/lambda.htm is an
> Homiconic means that "the primary representation of programs is also a
> data structure in a primitive type of the language itself"
Oh, dear, that renders my remark above irrelevant ;-0
The main reason is that Haskell is designed as a compiled
language, so the source of the programme can safely
disappear at runtime. So there's no need to have a
representation of it beyond the source code.
Jón Fairbairn Jon.Fairbairn at cl.cam.ac.uk
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