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This talk is about two Perl modules (Call:Haskell and Functional::Types) I developed to call Haskell functions as transparently as possible.
In general, the only way to guarantee the correctness of the types of the function arguments in Haskell is to ensure they are well-typed in Perl. So I ended up writing a Haskell-inspired type system for Perl. In this talk I will first discuss the approach I took to call Haskell from Perl, and then the reasons why a type system is needed, and the actual type system I developed. The type system is based on "prototypes", functions that create type descriptors, and a small API of functions to create type constructors and manipulate the types. The system is type checked at run time and supports sum types, product types, function types and polymorphism. The approach is not Perl-specific and suitable for other dynamic languages.