Links is a functional programming language designed to make web programming easier.
Links eases building interactive web applications with significant client- and server-side components.
Links incorporates proven ideas from other programming languages: database-query support from Kleisli, web-interaction proposals from Racket, and distributed-computing support from Erlang. On top of this, it adds new web-centric features of its own.
The original Links development effort ended at the beginning of 2009. In 2014 development on Links resumed with a focus on addingsession types to Links. Other active areas of research which are driving Links development include work on adding algebraic effects and effect handlers to Links and the Skye project, which builds on Links to support scientific data curation.
Has anyone used this language? I discovered it while googling about session types and it sounds interesting. I have yet to try it out much yet
So… an isomorphic language for the front and back (but not mobile) end?
What does it offer that other ‘isomorphic’ languages don’t? Some of them (like Ruby) let you make mobile and desktop apps as well as to be used on the front and back end. Also what about scaling and concurrency etc? Will it take 20 years to get as good as Erlang/Elixir on that front?
I visited the guys behind links a couple of years ago and saw a demo - it was great.
This project had a load of good ideas - but whether it will be adopted outside an academic environment is a different question. I’m sure the ideas will spread (or they should do) since web programming is a total mess - you should not have to learn JS,HTML,CSS,configuration management, web-server configuration and a database and authentication etc. (all in different languages and notations) to do virtually anything
links is a attempt to replace this mess with one language - which is a worthy goal - BUT - love of JS/CSS/… and a load of horrible build and deployments systems is so deeply ingrained that the idea of replacing all this by one language is going to be difficult to achieve.
Anyway it’s certainly something to be inspired by.