[Haskell-cafe] Non-technical Haskell question

Jason Bailey azrael at demonlords.net
Mon Dec 6 18:49:41 EST 2004

Ben Rudiak-Gould wrote


> Your newer-is-better premise makes little sense. Haskell is a far 
> "newer" language than Java; many aspects of Haskell's design are no 
> older than Haskell, while nearly all aspects of Java's design have 
> been around in other languages for decades. You might as well be 
> arguing that Java is better because it's based on older, proven 
> technology. Better yet, suppress the urge to compare Haskell and Java 
> at all; after all, the more different they are, the more worthwhile it 
> is to learn both! Once you're reasonably adept at programming in 
> different languages, then you can start thinking about ways to combine 
> the advantages of each.
> -- Ben
Interestingly enough not once did I indicate that newer is better or 
that there was a problem with haskell language. All I said is that the 
compiler seemed archaic.

I will say that it probably comes from my background. I'm sure that if I 
had started off with C/C++ and moved on to Haskell or that if I started 
with Haskell first then I would probably see things differently.


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