[Haskell-beginners] Re: monad nomad gonad gomad

prad prad at towardsfreedom.com
Tue Aug 17 16:59:44 EDT 2010

On Tue, 17 Aug 2010 13:34:01 -0700
Michael Mossey <mpm at alumni.caltech.edu> wrote:

> It looks to me like you need to work 
> through a book like "Real World Haskell" sequentially from the
> beginning.
well i'm doing that too, michael. (i remember you made this
suggestion to me several weeks ago and i have worked my way
through a few chapters in rw and most of the haskell wiki

i've joined the reading group on the agora forum for
rwhaskell. i'm also going through the video lectures here:

what i find interesting is that you say what i'm trying to do here is
complicated, because it seemed to me it was one of the simpler things
that i actually understood. now i think i'm in trouble, because
evidently i haven't understood it too well. :D

it seemed to me that in one situation i was trying to get data from a
function gt which just returns a string:
gt :: String -> String

in the other situation, i wanted to get the same data from a file, but
can't seem to because the file is returning an IO instead of a String
(in fact it is expecting [String]).

however, i know you are right. i really need to get a better
understanding of the basics, so i'll focus on that for the next few
days and see if i can understand these problems i'm having better than
i presently do.

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