let haskell' = succ haskell98 in Announcing the Haskell' ("Haskell-Prime") process. A short time ago, I asked for volunteers to help with the next Haskell standard. A brave group has spoken up, and we've organized ourselves into a committee in order to coordinate the community's work. It will be the committee's task to bring together the very best ideas and work of the broader community in an "open-source" way, and to fill in any gaps in order to make Haskell' as coherent and elegant as Haskell 98. Our task is broadly defined by our mission statement: The Haskell programming language is more-or-less divided into two "branches". The Haskell 98 standard is the "stable" branch of the language, and that has been a big success. A lot of progress has been made over the last few years in the "research" branch of the Haskell language. It is constantly advancing, and we feel that it is time for a new standard which reflects those advancements. Haskell' will be a conservative refinement of Haskell 98. It will be the work of this committee to adopt a set of language extensions and modifications and to standardize a new set of libraries. We will strive to only include tried-and-true language features, and to define them at least as rigorously as Haskell 98 was defined. This standard will reflect the realities of developing practical applications in the Haskell language. We will work closely with the rest of the Haskell community to create this standard. Your Haskell' Committee is as follows (slightly munged email addresses follow): * Manuel M T Chakravarty <chak at cse.unsw.edu.au> * John Goerzen <jgoerzen at complete.org> * Bastiaan Heeren <bastiaan at cs.uu.nl> * Isaac Jones <ijones at galois.com> * John Launchbury <john at galois.com> * Andres Loeh <loeh at iai.uni-bonn.de> * Simon Marlow <simonmar at microsoft.com> * John Meacham <john at repetae.net> * Ravi Nanavati <ravi at bluespec.com> * Henrik Nilsson <nhn at cs.nott.ac.uk> * Ross Paterson <ross at soi.city.ac.uk> * Simon Peyton-Jones <simonpj at microsoft.com> * Don Stewart <dons at cse.unsw.edu.au> * Audrey Tang <autrijus at gmail.com> * Simon J. Thompson <S.J.Thompson at kent.ac.uk> * Malcolm Wallace <Malcolm.Wallace at cs.york.ac.uk> * Stephanie Weirich <sweirich at cis.upenn.edu> The editors are Isaac Jones and John Launchbury. Feel free to contact any of us with any concerns or questions. If you don't know who to direct your questions to, email Isaac Jones ijones at syntaxpolice.org. Community involvement is vital to our task, and there will be a way for members of the community to make formal proposals. In the opening phases, please use these more informal resources to help us coordinate Haskell': * The haskell-prime mailing list. All technical discussion will take place here, or (if other meetings take place) be reported here. Anyone can subscribe, and any subscriber can post questions and comments, and participate in discussions. Anyone can read the list archives. http://haskell.org/mailman/listinfo/haskell-prime * A wiki / issue tracking system to document consensus and to track ongoing tasks. This system is publicly readable, but only committee writable so that we may present it as the "official" output of the committee. If you ever feel that the wiki is not accurate as to the consensus, please alert the committee! http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/haskell-prime * A darcs code repository for experiments, proposed libraries,and complex examples. darcs is a decentralized system, so anyone can use it, but patches should be sent to Isaac Jones: http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/haskell-prime/wiki/SourceCode Please join us in making Haskell' a success.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Posted by SyntaxPolice at 7:19 PM