[Haskell-cafe] Re: Specify array or list size?

Daniel Carrera dcarrera at digitaldistribution.com
Sat May 7 12:40:55 EDT 2005

Stefan Monnier wrote:
>>I have a lady friend who wants to learn how to program. She's a technical
>>person, but has no math background to speak of. I can't decide whether to
>>start with a clear-syntax imperative language (Ruby) or a functional
>>language (Haskell). I confess I've been leaning towards Ruby.
> In my limited experience it's easier to learn an imperative language after
> a functional one than the reverse.  So I'd recommend she start with Haskell.
> It's actually easy to learn if you haven't been lobotomized by
> Java/C/C++.


Maybe that's why I like it so far. I haven't been corrupted yet :-) I 
don't know Java. I glanced at C++ and decided I don't want it. I like C, 
but I program it at an amateurish level.

I'll keep your thoughts in mind.

In your opinion, do you think Haskell is appropriate for someone with 
zero math background? I can't imagine how I'd explain something like 
currying to someone who doesn't know math.


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