[mercury-users] This Year's Mercury Entry for the ICF 2001Contest

Ralph Becket rbeck at microsoft.com
Tue Sep 11 19:36:22 AEST 2001

> From: Michael Day [mailto:mikeday at bigpond.net.au]
> Sent: 11 September 2001 00:52
> > We clearly need a declarative scripting language.
> Would interpreted Mercury suffice?
> The main problem I have with replicating shell scripts in Mercury is
> it feels like I should be able to achieve a concise and natural syntax
> that mirrors existing shell scripts, but in practice threading the
> io__state screws everything up

Check out Mondrian, Eric Meijer's attempt at converting Haskell
into a scripting language.  It has a fairly cute way of handling
declarative IO with minimum fuss.

But I was speaking tongue in cheek :)

That said, many Ocaml types claim to rarely resort to shell scripting
these days.

- Ralph
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