Mlton Alternatives

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mlton reviews and mentions

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  • Ante: A low-level functional language
    4 projects | | 17 Jun 2022
    If you’re fine with tracing GC (which depends on the situation, of course), Standard ML is a perfectly boring language (that IIUC predated and inspired Caml) and MLton[1] is a very nice optimizing compiler for it. The language is awkward at times (in particular, the separate sublanguage of modules can be downright unwieldy), and the library has some of the usual blind spots such as nonexistent Unicode support (well, not every language WG is allocated a John Cowan).

    Speaking of, Scheme can also be a delightful unexciting static language; consider for example the C-producing implementation Chicken[2]. The pattern-matching / algebraic-datatype story was still rather unsatisfying last I checked, but there are other situations where it shines—it’s complementary to SML in a way.

    You’re not going to be writing a kernel or a real-time renderer in either (though I’m certain people have taken that as a challenge), they son’t afford the flashy EDSLs of Tcl, Ruby, or Racket, and I can’t say I can prototype in them like I do in Python or sh+tools, but there is a comfortable middle ground where they fit well. (I hear others use Go in what seem like the same places, but to me it feels so thin and devoid of joy that I can’t really compare.)

    The FFI tools in both of the mentioned implementations are excellent, though not quite at the “type in C declarations” level of LuaJIT and D.



  • Write your own programming language in an hour with Chumsky
    4 projects | | 12 Apr 2022
    Unfortunately, I haven't found a ton of "easily-digestible" and, at the same time, comprehensive guides on compiling functional languages. Generally you'll find a mix of blog posts/class notes/papers covering a single step.

    Some resources I like:

    - Andrew Kennedy's 2007 paper Compiling with Continuations, Continued [1]. This one is the most clear IMO

    - Andrew Appel's Compiling with Continuations book (a bit outdated though... assembly code is for VAX)

    - Matt Might's series [2]

    - MLton's source and documentation [3]




  • Why are imperative programs considered faster than their functional counterparts?
    6 projects | | 30 Dec 2021
    More broadly, they can be fast even without such extensions if they aggressively pursue optimization opportunities afforded by static typing, like MLton for example, but that also impacts compilation performance negatively.
  • Coalton: How to Have Our (Typed) Cake and (Safely) Eat It Too, in Common Lisp
    2 projects | | 10 Sep 2021
  • Are there any efficient key-value map/dictionary implementations in SML?
    3 projects | | 27 Dec 2020
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