[Haskell-beginners] How Haskell Fits Into an Operating System / API Environment

Stephen Tetley stephen.tetley at gmail.com
Sun Aug 11 17:45:20 CEST 2013

I tend to see OO subtyping and heterogeneous collections as more an
impediment to (pure) functional integration with the "rest-of-the-world"
than state. There are a lot of quality wrappers to stateful C libraries
from Haskell, but few to object oriented C++ or Objective C libraries.

On 11 August 2013 16:10, Philippe Sismondi <psismondi at arqux.com> wrote:

> As a result of this little thread I have come to another conclusion, and
> this is just my subjective view. Most of the software that I am interested
> in seems to live most comfortably with a stateful conception of the world.
> (The native libraries I find most useful certainly are stateful.) I am
> reasonably competent with monads and monad transformers in Haskell. But, to
> be honest, after three years of pluggin away at Haskell, I am not the least
> convinced that the problem of handling a changing external world in a pure
> functional language has been successfully solved by those techniques. I
> always feel as though I am using the robot arm on a space shuttle when a
> screwdriver would do. (Again, no need to rebut this - I may be wrong or
> just to stupid to use Haskell effectively - so be it.)
> Perhaps in the end I do not really believe that functional programming is
> the panacea that its devotees claim it to be.
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