April 8th, 2008

  • evan

the barbarians are at the gates

I enjoyed this introduction to the tenth issue of "The Monad.Reader":
The barbarians are at the gates. Hordes of Java programmers are being exposed to generics and delegates; hundreds of packages have been uploaded to Hackage; the Haskell IRC channel has nearly hit 500 users; and it’s only a matter of time before Microsoft seals that multi-billion dollar bid for Hayoo.

The time has come to retreat and climb higher into our ivory tower: we need to design a language that is so devious, so confusing, and so bizarre, it will take donkey’s years for mainstream languages to catch up. Agda, Coq, and Epigram are some approximation of what functional programming might become, but why stop there? I want strict data, lazy codata, quotient types, and a wackier underlying type theory.