Simon Peyton Jones on Programming Languages and Research Work
In this QCon London 2008 interview, computer scientist and researcher Simon Peyton Jones discusses properties of functional programming languages, and particularly Haskell, that have inspired some features in mainstream languages. He gives his opinion on the issues of syntax and language complexity and talks about some research work on subjects such as Data parallelism and transactional memory.
Honorary Professor of Computer Science at the University of Glasgow, Simon Peyton Jones currently works at Microsoft Research in Cambridge. He has led several research projects focused on the implementation and applications of functional programming languages. He has greatly contributed to the design of the Haskell language, and is the lead designer of the Glasgow Haskell Compiler.