[Haskell-cafe] Learning Haskell

Peter Robinson listener at thaldyron.com
Mon Dec 5 19:15:15 EST 2005

On Monday 05 December 2005 23:26, Jimmie Houchin wrote:
> I do not have a strong math background.
> Is lack of strong math background a major hindrance to learning Haskell?
While it's certainly helpful to have some basic knowledge of lambda calculus, 
type theory, etc.  most concepts in Haskell can be understood intuitively - 
that means without digging deep into theory.

> Also, I understand Haskell's benefits for programming larger projects.
> But how does it do on programming in the small?
> ie: using Haskell where I might have used Python for scripting?
Small tasks can be solved quite efficiently in Haskell compared to most other 
languages. This is a good place to start since you don't need to know about 
advanced concepts (Monads). See the tutorials [1] or the haskell wiki [2]  
for examples. 


[1] http://www.haskell.org/learning.html
[2] http://www.haskell.org/hawiki/CodeExamples

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