[Haskell-cafe] OT: any haskell-friendly / functional programming friendly comp sci programs? (for a 30s guy who did his undergrad in liberal arts)

Michael Vanier mvanier at cs.caltech.edu
Mon Feb 5 16:12:46 EST 2007

FYI we teach and do a fair amount of functional programming here at Caltech.  We 
have courses using scheme, ocaml, and haskell with more on the way.


Greg Fitzgerald wrote:
> Thomas,
> Here's a good place to start, although I'm not sure how up to date it is:
> http://haskell.org/haskellwiki/Haskell_in_education
> I too am interested in an FP-related, higher education in California.  
> Could you please send another post with whatever information you find?
> Thanks,
> Greg
> On 2/5/07, * Thomas Hartman* <tphyahoo at gmail.com 
> <mailto:tphyahoo at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     haskellers, I'm contemplating returning to school after a decade as a
>     worker bee, and almost that long as a worker bee doing computer
>     consulting / miscelaneous tech stuff.
>     Ideally I'd like to get a masters, but I don't know if that's feasible
>     this late in the game. If it's not, I might settle for a lesser degree
>     and worry about the masters later.
>     Part of my desire to return to school is that after encountering
>     functional programming over the past year or so (first through lisp,
>     then haskell), I've found something that I'm really interested in, but
>     that it feels the amount of learning I can do around a job just won't
>     cut it to get to the level that I want. That's the personal reason;
>     the practical reason is that I think it would be a good networking
>     opportunity (hankering to start my own company, and not meeting the
>     right kinds of people), and obviously increase my chance of getting
>     better paying, but especially more *interesting* jobs. I have some
>     savings, figure loans would cover the rest, and no wife or kids.
>     So I'll make a rather open ended request for advice. Are there decent
>     comp sci master's programs out there that will take someone who didn't
>     do a hard science in undergrad, but has lots of work-related
>     experience with programming? If not, what's the next best thing? Get a
>     quick bachelor's? Spend six months cramming for the GREs and then try
>     for a master's?
>     Whether master's, bachelor's, or other, I am specifically interested
>     in programs that are "functional" friendly. In other words, I don't
>     want to just go and study algorithms in java for two years. Ideally,
>     I'd like to go somewhere where I could really explore and get good at
>     the functional languages, with haskell my current favorite but also
>     open to others. (For what it's worth, most of my experience is in
>     perl, but I take it seriously as a language and try not to write the
>     kind of throwaway crap that mean people make fun of.)
>     My background is that I have a liberal arts bachelors from an american
>     ivy. Though I enjoyed the program very much, it probably wasn't the
>     wisest financial decision, given the type of career I subsequently
>     gravitated to. But hey, maybe that gives me a different kind of
>     perspective that has its own kind of value. Since, then, there;s
>     mainly work work work for me, with some time off bumming around
>     europe. And, on my own time: learn learn learn. I'm now 31.
>     I've been living in germany for a few years, mainly freelancing as a
>     computer consultant, and am open to programs in europe -- probably
>     either england or germany. Largely because programs out here seem to
>     be significantly cheaper than programs in the states, and being a
>     somewhat older student seems to be less unusual out here. However,
>     truth be told, I have a hankering for my homeland, the good old USA.
>     And if possible somewhere in california, where my extended family is
>     based, or it not that new york, where I have a good network. (But open
>     to other locations as well; cali and new york would just be my top
>     choices.)
>     Distance learning is okay if the program is really good, but doing the
>     campus thing again, perhaps while working part or semi-full time,
>     would be the ideal (though perhaps I'm pushing the age limit there?).
>     This has gotten rather long, so I'll leave it at that.
>     Sorry about going off topic, and thanks in advance for any advice.
>     thomas
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