[Haskell-cafe] Re: Tutorial on Haskell, PLEAC

Pixel pixel at mandriva.com
Mon Apr 16 15:29:35 EDT 2007

Simon Peyton-Jones <simonpj at microsoft.com> writes:

> I'm quite excited about this: it is a great opportunity to expose Haskell to a
> bunch of smart folk, many of whom won't know much about Haskell. My guess is
> that they'll be Linux/Perl/Ruby types, and they'll be practitioners rather
> than pointy-headed academics.
> One possibility is to do a tutorial along the lines of "here's how to reverse
> a list", "here's what a type is" etc; you know the kind of thing. But instead,
> I'd prefer to show them programs that they might consider *useful* rather than
> cute, and introduce the language along the way, as it were.

As for me I find quickCheck a killer feature, and quite concise.

While on the subject, i'd like to mention that at last PLEAC now has a
"standard" haskell version:


of course, it's still a long way to go: only 9% is done, nice comments
should be added, better code... But it's quite useful already!

(i know pleac is somewhat a duplicate of
http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/Cookbook, and it's not always adapted
to haskell, but i still think it's quite useful and worth working on
it. i suggest it's time to remove the pleac bashing from

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