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Experience Report: A Pure Shirt Fits Reflections on Haskell at Bluespec

Ravi Nanavati

The 13th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming (ICFP 2008)
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, September 22-24, 2008


Bluespec is a hardware-design tools startup whose core technology is developed using Haskell. Haskell is an unusual choice for a startup because it adds technical risk to the inherent business risk. In the years since Bluespec's founding, we have discovered that Haskell's purity is an unexpected match for the development needs of a startup. Based on Bluespec's experience, we conclude that pure programming languages can be the source of a competitive advantage for startup software companies.

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