[Haskell-cafe] Haskell versus Lisp
mcturra2000 at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Sep 16 07:34:57 EDT 2005
This is not a troll, honest, so please bear with me ...
I'm a C/C++/VBA programmer (although the former 2 are several years old
for me), with a sprinkling of Python. Needless to say, I was looking to
see if there were any better ways of doing things. I've given things
like Ruby and Scheme a bit of peck, and failed to get particularly
enthusiastic about them. Two very interesting choices, though, appear to
be Lisp and Haskell. It struck me that Lisp was, perhaps, the Ultimate
Programming Language, the One True Language to rule them all; except
that I always kept abandoning it for one reason or another (fiddly
installation, lack of libraries, compatability problems, cost, possible
license issues, etc.). My current foray in Haskell seems encouraging.
wxHaskell installed a breeze, and seems quite usable (even though I'm a
raw n00b to the language, and admittedly haven't grokked the semantics,
and all this <cid:part1.01000702.09000407 at yahoo.co.uk> IO a -> IO ()
business). On the one hand, it seems kinda academic, but on the other,
it looks like it wants to be practical, too.
Bearing this in mind, and hoping you can see where I'm coming from, I
think my question is: shouldn't you guys be using Lisp?
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