[Haskell-cafe] New slogan for haskell.org

Wolfgang Jeltsch g9ks157k at acme.softbase.org
Tue Dec 11 21:29:13 EST 2007

Am Mittwoch, 12. Dezember 2007 03:12 schrieb gwern0 at gmail.com:
> FWIW to the discussion about changing the main page, I was reading the CUFP
> paper and I saw some germane comments (and the writer is apparently one
> Noel Welsh, whose name I don't see in the thread); the context is a
> discussion (pg 17) of various members or potential members of the Haskell
> community and how supported they are:
>  "What are the needs of the potential programmer? People program to solve
> prob- lems; so there had better be a clear statement of what kinds of
> problem the language is good for. The Python community does a good job of
> this on python.org: "Python is a dynamic object-oriented programming
> language that can be used for many kinds of software development. It offers
> strong support for integration with other languages and tools, comes with
> extensive standard libraries, and can be learned in a few days."
>  Compare this with the equivalent from haskell.org: "Haskell is a
>  general purpose, purely functional programming language featuring static
>  typing, higher-order functions, polymorphism, type classes, and monadic
>  effects. Haskell compilers are freely available for almost any computer."
> If you understand all that, you don't need to be here: you're already a
> Haskell programmer."

Note however that also the Python slogan isn’t so much about solving problems.  
And it also contains technical terms: “dynamic object-oriented programming 
language” instead of “static typing, higher-order functions, polymorphism, 
type classes, and monadic effects”.

Best wishes,

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