what's the goal of haskell-prime?
jur at cs.uu.nl
Wed Jan 25 05:01:41 EST 2006
On Jan 25, 2006, at 9:37 AM, Johannes Waldmann wrote:
> Dear all, in the "mission statement" I read
>> We will strive to only include tried-and-true language features,
> but the current discussion seems to have a wider focus,
> i. e. it is more of a wish list. Indeed I think that this is a good
> idea (ask (future) Haskell users what they want)
> but it might not be the original goal of the Haskell-Prime effort.
I have been on this mailing list since yesterday, so maybe this
has been addressed before.
My first question is: who are the future users of Haskell?
For instance: is this group homogenuous enough to define a single
or would it be advisable to define various layers in the language.
A compiler may then choose to support up to and including a number of
I can imagine a compiler for students to learn functional programming
to have seriously different demands from the compiler used by
to do programming language research. I am usually not happy with the
novice programmers pay in clarity (of type error messages and
in general) for features they won't be using for a number of years.
can be left up the compiler builder, but I think it might have a
place here too.
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