Haskell can be written using braces and semicolons, just like C. However, no one does. Instead,
the “layout” rule is used, where spaces represent
scope. The general rule is: always indent. When
the compiler complains, indent more.
I didn’t know this, are there any major haskell projects that use braces and semicolons? What is the history behind this? Why would you want to support two different syntaxes?
I don’t know about projects that use explicit layout (braces & semicolons), but it’s useful for reducing ambiguity that could be introduced by the layout rules. The major utility I see is in machine-generated code; machine-generating the layout syntax is hard. Also it’s useful for small snippets where again you don’t have the luxury of layout on multiple lines - e.g. typing a one-liner into a repl. There might be some other historical reasons regarding Haskell 98 and having an unambiguous grammar for other potential compiler implementations.
Haskell can be written using braces and semicolons, just like C. However, no one does.
Except, funny enough, by Haskell’s creator Simon Peyton Jones, who loves using explicit layout everywhere in GHC.