[Haskell-cafe] Haskell versus Lisp

Harri Haataja harriha at mail.student.oulu.fi
Fri Sep 16 07:51:46 EDT 2005

On Fri, Sep 16, 2005 at 12:34:57PM +0100, Mark Carter wrote:
> This is not a troll, honest, so please bear with me ...
> 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?

Given the words above, I wonder why the question is this way around :)

> Aqua Regis is HCl+H2SO4, and attacks gold.
While applying it to a luser, remember to sing
"What a Friend We Have In Regis".
		-- Patrick Wade

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