TIP in Haskell — another exercise in functional programming
Several years ago, Peyton Jones  tested some of the claims made for functional programming by re-implementing a well-known parser generator (YACC) in a lazy functional language (SASL) and comparing the result with the original imperative implementation. His conclusions were positive so far as the expressive power of functional programming was concerned — laziness and higher-order functions both proved valuable — but he bemoaned SASL’s lack of type-checking, abstract data types and modules, and also the difficulties of correcting errors and optimising performance in the presence of lazy evaluation.
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