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"I’m lucky enough to have a job that is basically a hobby"β€” Jeremy Gibbons

Hello wonderful Haskell World!

On the 10th of September, we are running the online Haskell Love Conference.

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For the second time, the Haskell Love conference gathers all Haskell enthusiasts from around the globe!

It is about the Haskell language, of course. Haskell Love Conference is the biggest Ξ» online event in the world. Attendees get the best content and the opportunity to meet the functional community a little bit closer, completely for free!

This event is focused on the FP community, knowledge exchange, and having fun!

It's amazing that Jeremy Gibbons is our lovely speaker second year in a row! We really appreciate it!

Jeremy Gibbons is a Professor of Computing at the University of Oxford, where he teaches on the part-time professional Master’s program in Software Engineering and leads the Algebra of Programming research group. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Functional Programming.

Jeremy is former Chair of IFIP Working Group 2.1 on Algorithmic Languages and Calculi (which designed Algol68), and former Vice-Chair of ACM SIGPLAN (which runs ICFP). His recent book β€œAlgorithm Design with Haskell” with Richard Bird was published last year by Cambridge University Press.

You can enjoy his interview for this year edition as well as can enjoy his last year talk!

For people who work in Haskell, what Library do you desperately want someone to write?

A SimplePrelude (and make it opt out rather than opt in).

If you had to pick one thing to include in the next Haskell Report, what would it be?

Simple Prelude.

What would, in your opinion, be a Haskell β€œkiller application”?

I say it’s β€œlittle languages”: DSLs, deep and shallow embeddings, transformations and optimizations of ASTs, and so on.

What would be your favourite piece of Haskell-branded clothing?
Facemask. :-)

What I Wish I’d Known When Learning Haskell?

What monads were. (This was 30 years ago.)

Once we were over the infamous Haskell learning curve, we began looking for functional programming, immutability, and types everywhere! Given that most modern applications are web apps, it is only a matter of time before we make the switch to typed-FP for front-end development. Would you write the front end in Haskell?

Absolutely.

State of Haskell Survey results in 2020 shows that the number of developers who use Hackage vs. Stackage is almost the same. Which one do you use, why?

Preferably, neither! I tend not to write code that uses anything beyond the standard libraries.

96% of respondents of the State of Haskell Survey said they code as a hobby, do you? Is that for an open source project?

I’m lucky enough to have a job that is basically a hobby: even if I didn’t need to work to earn a living, I would still continue writing pretty programs and then writing papers about them.

If you wanted to convince someone to use Haskell, what would you say?

Try it - it’s fun!

If you could change one thing about Haskell, what would it be?

To get back to simplicity, at least by default. I understand how recent changes to the libraries mean that minimum (3,4) = 4. But that craziness should only be revealed to expert users, after turning on a ComplicatedLibraries pragma. Out of the box, Haskell should not burn beginners; without the magic pragma, that expression should be a type error.

If you want to learn more and discuss your questions, please join Jeremy's presentation Continuation-passing style, defunctionalization, and associativity on the 10th of September at 17.15 CEST, Joy Track+ Q&A in SpatialChat !

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