Cardano’s research arm, IOHK announced that it is all set to sponsor the newly-created Haskell Foundation. This was first revealed by the British computer scientist, Simon Peyton Jones at the Haskell eXchange virtual conference.
The Haskell Foundation is essentially dedicated to broadening the adoption of the Haskell programming language. According to the official announcement, IOHK said that it would donate $125,000 to the foundation that was launched on the 4th of November. With this move, the blockchain engineering company will be Haskell Foundation’s largest donor.
The blog post stated,
“IOHK is one of the first sponsors of the Haskell Foundation because we believe in the power of functional programming, open-source software, and open governance. So, we are delighted to be able to join other key companies in supporting the community through an open and transparent process in which everyone can participate.”
The Haskell Foundation’s website mentioned that the platform has issued a call for nominations to the Board of Directors. Nominations will remain open until the 11th of January, 2021, and new Board members will be selected by the interim members of the Board of Directors.
Following the announcement, Charles Hoskinson, the CEO of IOHK stated that it was glad to be part of the movement and went on to say that,
“IOHK believes in the power of functional programming, open-source software, and open governance. We are delighted to be able to join other key companies in supporting the future growth and adoption of Haskell.”
The foundation was created by the long-time members of the Haskell community. It is an independent organization that intends to bolster the adoption of the Haskell language across the industry, open-source community, and academia. According to the foundation, its programming language is open-source thus allowing rapid development of software that is modifiable and maintainable.
In terms of the relationship between the Haskell Foundation and the Haskell.Org, the platform stated that although the Haskell.org committee had voted to affiliate with the foundation, the former’s committee, however, remains an independent nonprofit organization. Furthermore, the haskell.org committee will continue to operate the haskell.org website and provide resources for Haskell infrastructures such as Hackage and the Haskell mailing lists, the foundation revealed