I don't know anything myself, but if you're doing anything remotely related to Haskell and macro systems, you should probably read up on what Alexis King (AKA lexi-lambda) has been up to lately, and maybe get in touch with her.
After many years of hoping someone else would do this, I would like to make GHC into a true multi-stage programming language. Here is how I thought I might approach this.
1) Use the GHC as a library module. 2) Use the LLVM backend.
I have no experience with either of these tools. Lets start simple, How would I write functions like
compile :: String -> IO PtrToLLVMCode -- where the string is a small Haskell program. llvmCompile :: PtrToLLVMCode -> IO PtrToMachineCode jumpTo:: PtrToMachineCode -> IO ans -- where ans is the "type" of the string.
Any thoughts on how to get started? What papers to read, examples to look at?
I'd love to move to some more disciplined input type, a sort of (mono) typed program representation (with similar complexity) to Template Haskell Exp type.
where (Exp t) is a data structure representing a Haskell program of type t.
All offers of advice accepted. I'm trying to get started soon, and good advice about what to avoid is especially welcome. If any one wanted to help with this, that would be great.
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