[Haskell-cafe] Channel9 Interview: Software Composability and the Future of Languages

Tim Newsham newsham at lava.net
Fri Jan 26 22:14:01 EST 2007

> impractical language, only useful for research. Erik Meijer at one point
> states that programming in Haskell is too hard and compares it to assembly
> programming!

He brings up a very good point.  Using a monad lets you deal with
side effects but also forces the programmer to specify an exact
ordering.  This *is* a bit like making me write assembly language
programming.  I have to write:

   > do {
   >    x <- getSomeNum
   >    y <- anotherWayToGetANum
   >    return (x + y)
   > }

even if the computation of x and y are completely independant of
each other.  Yes, I can use liftM2 to hide the extra work (or
fmap) but I had to artificially impose an order on the computation.
I, the programmer, had to pick an order.

Ok, maybe "assembly language" is a bit extreme (I get naming, allocation
and garbage collection!) but it is primitive and overspecifies the

Tim Newsham

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