[Haskell-beginners] an observation about Haskell vs. Python
ky3 at atamo.com
Fri Sep 21 07:30:12 CEST 2012
On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM, Dennis Raddle <dennis.raddle at gmail.com>
> In Haskell you give up easy-to-comprehend error messages and mutable data,
> and get back in reward a lot of reassurance that your program does what you
> meant and expressivity.
It's an interesting observation you made earlier, thanks!
I'd also add that the gnarlier errors are because of code maxing out the
newer innovations of the type system. Haskell98, comparatively, isn't half
But type safety is a drug. You never get enough of it.
One way to contain the complexity is to note what packages viralize their
pragmas, i.e. require client code to turn on the same pragmas that they do.
On Thu, Sep 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM, Dennis Raddle <dennis.raddle at gmail.com>wrote:
> Thanks. I'm okay with the status quo.. I just see it as a tradeoff. You
> are giving up something to get something. In Python you give up any kind of
> compile-time type checking, you give up the safety of immutable data, and
> you get a whole lot of automatic type conversions and brief ways to express
> certain algorithms. In Haskell you give up easy-to-comprehend error
> messages and mutable data, and get back in reward a lot of reassurance that
> your program does what you meant and expressivity. (I realize Haskell has
> mutable data but it's not like Python's)
> On Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM, Ertugrul Söylemez <es at ertes.de> wrote:
>> Notice: You probably forgot to apply `sin' to an argument.
>> However, I think that no work is done on that, and there is another
>> possible path: An average Haskell tutorial should always include a
>> section on understanding error messages. In fact the latest issue of
>> The Monad Reader  has an article on that by Jan Stolarek.
>> : http://themonadreader.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/issue20.pdf
>> Not to be or to be and (not to be or to be and (not to be or to be and
>> (not to be or to be and ... that is the list monad.
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