The obvious pun (for some value of obvious)

Joseph S. Barrera III jsb at
Tue Nov 11 20:37:58 PST 2003

So are these window-less monads?

jbone at wrote:

> via LtU:
> Arjen van Weelden and Rinus Plasmeijer. A Functional Shell that 
> Dynamically Combines Compiled Code. Currently under review by the 15th 
> International Workshop on the Implementation of Functional Languages, 
> IFL 2003, Scotland, September 10-13, 2003. pdf.
> Now that the word Monad has appeared on a Microsoft-generated product, 
> this must mean the world is at last ready for this concept. Not 
> surprisingly, this work has already been done in a more innovative way 
> by our friends at Nijmegen University (among others, such as the 
> Scheme Shell, etc.).
> This paper describes Esther, a functional shell built in Clean that 
> allows the functionally-literate system administrator to build scripts 
> that interact with the operating system using higher-order-functions, 
> folds, etc.
> The concept is being extended to an operating system called Hilde.
> Posted to functional by Brent Fulgham on 11/11/03; 11:36:22 AM
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