[Haskell-cafe] Haskell versus Lisp

David Roundy droundy at abridgegame.org
Fri Sep 16 08:46:23 EDT 2005

On Fri, Sep 16, 2005 at 12:34:57PM +0100, Mark Carter wrote:
> 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?

Lisp is impure, weakly typed and has way too many parentheses.  Why would
we use lisp? It seems to be lacking almost all the advantages of Haskell,
and have an ugly, inflexible syntax to boot.

Obviously I don't like lisp, and I also greatly dislike parentheses,
sometimes irrationally so... as is reflected by my excessive use of the $
operator.  And I abhor dynamcially typed languages... although perl isn't
too bad (it goes all the way, and even perl has some static typing--scalars
versus arrays versus hashes).  The more bugs the compiler is able to find
before you actually run your code, the better, in my opinion.
David Roundy

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