[Haskell-cafe] Another analogy

Brent Yorgey byorgey at gmail.com
Mon Jul 23 15:23:33 EDT 2007

On 7/23/07, Andrew Coppin <andrewcoppin at btinternet.com> wrote:
> From the guy who brought you "data in Haskell is like an undead quantum
> cat", I present the following:
> "If programming languages were like vehicles, C would be a Ferrari, C++
> would be a Porshe, Java would be a BWM and Haskell would be a hovercraft.
> It doesn't even have WHEELS! There is no steering wheel, no gearbox, no
> clutch... it doesn't even have BRAKES!!!
> It completely turns the rules upside down. I mean, it moves by PUSHING
> AIR. That's just crazy! It even STEERS by pushing air. It sounds so
> absurd, it couldn't possibly work...
> ...oh, but it DOES work. Very well, actually. In fact, a hovercraft can
> do some things that the others can't. It works on water. It can go
> sideways. It can REALLY turn on the spot."
> Insert whitty replies here...

nice. =)  Except C wouldn't be a Ferarri, it would be just the chassis of a
Ferrari with a metal seat bolted on.

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