Haskell eXchange 2012 / Front end language features

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Haskell is 22 years old this year, which is well into senility for most programming languages. Yet it is still developing furiously, and is an absolute hot-house for ideas, crazy and otherwise. Moreover, during the last few years Haskell has begun to be used for serious work, by developers who just want to get the job done and reckon Haskell is the best way to do it. In this talk I’ll reflect on the key features of the language and its community that has led to all this creative development. Despite the title Haskell may not in the end dominate the world, but there are lots of interesting developments afoot, especially in (a) types and (b) parallelism. I’ll describe some of them, and speculate a little about the future.

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Simon Peyton-Jones (simon.peyton.jones)

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Simon's main research interest is in functional programming languages, their implementation, and their application. He has led a succession of research projects focused around the design and implementation of production-quality functional-language systems for both uniprocessors and parallel machines. He was a key contributor to the design of the now-standard functional language Haskell, and is the lead designer of the widely-used Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC). He has written two textbooks about the implementation of functional languages.

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