[Haskell-beginners] Re: Is Haskell for me?

Gaius Hammond gaius at gaius.org.uk
Fri Nov 6 15:48:53 EST 2009

On 6 Nov 2009, at 17:19, Shawn Willden wrote:

> Based on the little bit of stuff I've done, I think I'd characterize  
> it this
> way:  C++ will be maybe twice as fast as Haskell.  Maybe a little  
> more, maybe
> a little less, depending on a lot of details.  For heavy  
> computation, Python
> will be a couple orders of magnitude slower than both.

To be fair, Python offloads its heavy lifting to C libraries - NumPy  
and SciPy run at very close to full C speed on large datasets. This is  
also how Matlab works. Unladen Swallow is an upcoming JIT compiler for  

Where Haskell shines for computation is when you can leverage lazy  



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