[Haskell-cafe] Maintaining the community

Derek Elkins derek.a.elkins at gmail.com
Tue Jul 17 20:26:02 EDT 2007

On Wed, 2007-07-18 at 00:26 +0200, Hugh Perkins wrote:
> On 7/17/07, Thomas Conway <drtomc at gmail.com> wrote:
>         And this is where I think Haskell has it all over C++, Java,
>         and the
>         rest. Haskell is easy to learn at a simple level, and hard to
>         learn at
>         the expert level, but once learned is very powerful and has
>         excellent
>         payoffs in terms of productivity. With C++ or Java, the
>         expertise is 
>         somewhat easier to acquire, but you never get the payoff. And
>         before
>         you all flame, yes, I do know C++ at an expert level, and that
>         is
>         exactly why, after 7 years of writing server software in C++,
>         I now
>         want to do it in Haskell. 
> You know, it just occurred to me: I get the feeling that many Haskell
> programmers are ex-C++ programmers, which makes a certain amount of
> sense because C++ is insanely hard to debug and maintain, because of
> stack/heap corruption, and lack of a GC. 
> Am I the only person who finds it interesting/worrying that there are
> few to no people in the group who are ex-C# programmers.  I mean, you
> could argue that C# programmers are simply too stupid to do Haskell,
> but ... you know, there is another explanation ;-) 

Don't you think it's a little early for people to be abandoning C# en
masse?  For example, there are plenty of ex/current Java programmers.

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