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Re: Updating plans of lang/ghc

On Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 08:28:07PM +0100, Marc Espie wrote:
 > >  > Let's call a cat a cat. Haskell is a lab experiment gone wrong.
 > > 
 > > Yeah, that's great. One could even go further and say that nobody
 > > should ever use it for serious software development. Nonetheless, it
 > > and ghc remain things used from time to time, often in a research
 > > context; I don't think ghc should be removed from pkgsrc just because
 > > it's aggravating to package.
 > Neither do I.  Just applying a bit of back-pressure to the guys who
 > are writing ghc, from time to time, is the intent.

They aren't listening here, and they're also so far detached from
reality that they're likely to dismiss or not even understand your

 > It looks like they don't care at all whether their software is easy
 > to use. Don't give them the impression it is.

This pair of sentences is also so far detached from the reality of
Haskell that I don't know how to respond to it. :-p

Don't get me wrong; Haskell is interesting in some ways, and it
remains in use (to some extent) because it's a decent platform for
certain kinds of programming languages research.

But it isn't anything like practical, and "easy to use" isn't even on
the same planet.

Note: I get to say this by virtue of having written some 35,000 lines
of Haskell over the past 6-12 months.

David A. Holland

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