[Haskell-cafe] Haskell Cookbook?
ithika at gmail.com
Wed Jan 31 04:50:56 EST 2007
Quoth Paul Moore, nevermore,
> why a newcomer like me shouldn't do this - in many ways, it's better
> to start with some examples from a newcomer's perspective ("these are
> the sort of things I found useful") to show the more experienced
> people what we're looking for.
I agree with this. I think many people start with the idea of simple
text processing or something (like summing a list of numbers from a text file, say) but that stuff isn't really covered because it's so trivial.
But it can be difficult to realise how trivial it is. :)
Hmm, that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but you see what I'm
getting at. The cookbook approach is great; it's a real shame that the
one Haskell cookbook implementation out there (it was a reworking of a
perl book I think? I can't remember the name) was barely recognisable as
Haskell at all. I think the entire Prelude had been hidden and all the
operators redefined as other things. Maybe it would be useful to start
on that, but using idiomatic Haskell rather than obfuscated Haskell.
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