[Haskell-cafe] Re: First steps in Haskell

Daniel Carrera daniel.carrera at zmsl.com
Tue Dec 20 05:29:27 EST 2005

Bayley, Alistair wrote:
> For someone getting started, in IMO the Learning Haskell page has too
> much stuff on it. The total beginner doesn't have the knowledge they
> need to decide which implementation to install, which tutorial to read,
> or which textbook to buy. At the risk of alienating some tutorials and
> implementations, we ought to pick one of each and say "here, start with
> these". There's a balance to be struck between being fair to all
> resource producers (be it implementation, textbook, tutorial, or
> reference), and being as easy as possible for someone to get started,
> and I think the needle is currently too far over to the "fair" side of
> the scale.

As a newbie I agree with Bayley. I didn't say that before because I 
didn't want to be more critical than I had already been.

> There should be a "getting started" page which says:
>  - download and install this interpreter (Hugs or GHCi)
>  - run it, type these expressions, and see the results
>  - create a HelloWorld program, compile and execute.
>  - now start the following tutorial... (BTW, the link to Hal Daume's
> tutorial from the Learning page needs fixing)

I'll try to put something together on the Wiki.

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