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(Failing to) avoid success at all costs: the Haskell story

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  • UserProfessor Simon Peyton-Jones (Microsoft Research)
  • ClockThursday 09 February 2012, 18:00-19:15
  • HouseVenue to be confirmed.

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Haskell is twenty one years old, an age at which most programming languages are either dead and buried, or else have become mainstream and hence frozen in a web of backward-compatibility constraints. Haskell is different: it is in rude health, is widely used (but not too widely!), and is still in a state of furious innovation.

In this talk I’ll reflect on this two-decade journey, I’ll discuss Haskell’s birth and evolution, including some of the research and engineering challenges we faced in design and implementation. I’ll focus particularly on the ideas that have turned out, in retrospect, to be most important and influential, as well as sketching some current developments and making some wild guesses about the future.

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Computing and Technology Society (CUCaTS) series.

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