[Haskell-beginners] Getting into a Haskell project?
byorgey at seas.upenn.edu
Thu Mar 18 02:02:12 EDT 2010
On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 11:58:46AM +1000, Duncan Mortimer wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'm very new to both Haskell, and open source development (well...
> really, development of any kind...). However, I'm really interested
> in getting good at both.
> I was wondering whether anyone has any suggestions about good open
> source Haskell projects I could cut my teeth on, and any advice in
> general in getting into this stuff more deeply?
Here's my advice. These should generally be done in parallel, not
necessarily in order:
1. Work your way through a tutorial (or several) such as Learn You a
Haskell  or Real World Haskell .
2. Hang out in the #haskell IRC channel on freenode.net, hang out on
this list. Ask questions. Read discussions other people are
having, even sometimes about things you don't yet understand.
3. Hack on your own little projects -- even if they're silly and
probably won't actually turn into anything useful -- just to get
4. For ideas of open-source Haskell projects you can help with, you
can check out the Haskell Community and Activities Report (HCAR)
, or ask around, like you've done here, but --
5. Be patient. I remember when I was first learning Haskell, I too
sent a message to the mailing list asking if there were projects
I could help with -- and I didn't get much of a response. Not
because there weren't things I could help with, but just because
that's not usually the way things happen. But I've now worked on
lots of projects, some other people's and some of my own. It
just takes time to feel things out, find things you're interested
in, figure out the culture, and so on.
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