[Haskell-cafe] How did you stumble on Haskell?
madhadron at gmail.com
Sun Jan 28 23:11:15 EST 2007
On 1/28/07, Alexy Khrabrov <deliverable at gmail.com> wrote:
> How do people stumble on Haskell?
Read Ullman's book on ML. Look at Haskell at that point, but was
insufficiently mathematically sophisticated to "get it" (hey, I was
sixteen). Wrote numerical analysis code in Forth for a year or so.
Hacked on a several hundred thousand line FORTRAN 77 codebase. Wrote
the simulation code for my physics thesis in C. Decided I never
wanted to instantiate, destroy, or otherwise manage memory ever again.
Had a hate-hate relationship with MATLAB, decided Mathematica was
rubbish. Remembered Haskell. Now creating the programmatic
equivalent of a cyborg, hunchback puppeteer to control a Java image
analysis program in Scheme.
So of course the best work I've done has been completely analytic
mathematical physics without reference to computing of any kind. And
I'm a biologist.
This is known as being born in the Random monad.
Graduate Fellow, (|Siggia> + |McKinney>)/sqrt(2) Lab
The Rockefeller University
Je ne suis pas Fred Cross!
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