[RFC wayland] move away from C

Auke Booij auke at tulcod.com
Sat Apr 1 13:03:21 UTC 2017

The C programming language was developed in the early '70s. It was
always considered a proof of concept, as it was clear to everyone
involved that any serious programming lanugage should have a garbage
collector. Indeed, Dennis Ritchie is widely known to have said:

"What I would really like is to extend this prototype into a garbage
collected, multi-paradigm, modern programming language, supported by a
major player in the industry."

Of course, the language thus envisioned would later be implemented as
C pound (not to be confused with the cloud programming language #C).

Let's catch up to 1990 and translate major parts of wayland to the
language of the people - haskell.

Some early code can be found here:
Existing wayland clients run without recompilation. Compositors are
not supported yet.

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