[Haskell-cafe] Mutable data design question

Scott Turner p.turner at computer.org
Fri Dec 3 17:06:51 EST 2004

On 2004 December 03 Friday 15:16, GoldPython wrote:
> until I joined this email list a couple weeks ago, I had never met another
> human being that knew what functional programming was

My experience has been different in Massachusetts.  At my first job after my 
Comp Sci degree, developing compilers for a now-defunct minicomputer 
manufacturer, another developer stated that his favorite programming language 
was the pure subset of Lisp.  These days when I go on site to interview for a 
job as a C++ programmer, usually at least one of the developers with whom I 
talk recognizes Haskell on my résumé and knows something of functional 

> I've never even heard the topic mentioned

Granted, the average programmer can get along on just the information that 
comes out of the OOP/UML/IDE industry. But the people who brought templates 
to C++ and generics to Java made no secret of their knowledge of functional 
programming, and cited these capabilities as they existed in SML and/or 

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