Mondrian is going to the museum

Got this in my inbox earlier this week:

Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 09:01:12 +0000 (GMT)
From: Jose F. Poveda 
Subject: Re: Problem compiling qsort in mondrian
To: Mondrian Team 
MIME-Version: 1.0

Hi again!! And thanks for your help, it's been
quite useful. I suppose I'm the only person
using Mondrian (hopefully), but the thing is
that I'm implementing quicksort in all languages
of the history. The idea is a historical and
multimedia poster with code incrustated on it,
to include it at the computer science museum of
the city of Malaga. That's why I'm tricking on
mondrian and in many other languages that
probably are useless. And I also worked with F#,
Haskell and as I told you before many many

Regards and thanks again.

Jose F. Poveda
LCC Department
University of Malaga

Scary how time flies. Just eight years ago I joined Microsoft as a young man dreaming of bringing fundamentalist functional programming to the masses. Now I am an old man whose language is inducted to the graveyard of dead programming languages. Apart from this great honor, I believe Mondrian was also briefly mentioned in Guy Steele and Richard Gabriel's fantastic "fifty in fifty" performance, but I was too blown away so I am not sure. Will have to watch the rerun at JAOO extra carefully.

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Old? Bah.

Anyone who does not give his talks, but dances them as you do (I saw you at Extreme Markup) has no business to call himself old.

I thought the category was

I thought the category was "probably useless"... (This description is meant to be of the language, not the man, I hasten to add...)

"Our current research is producing a new Haskell compiler"

Interestingly enough, the Mondrian home page still has this statement on it:

"At this time we have no plans to release another version of Mondrian at present. Our current research is producing a new Haskell compiler."

I cannot help but wonder if the "current research" is still current, and there's anything interesting to expect in the future in that department.