[Haskell-cafe] New slogan for haskell.org

Andrew Wagner wagner.andrew at gmail.com
Thu Oct 4 22:25:37 EDT 2007

Wasn't this the point of the "elevator speech" thread a few weeks ago?
Saying in 30 seconds why haskell is good and what it can do for you?

On 10/4/07, Don Stewart <dons at galois.com> wrote:
> It was raised at CUFP today that while Python has:
>     Python is a dynamic object-oriented programming language that can be
>     used for many kinds of software development. It offers strong
>     support for integration with other languages and tools, comes with
>     extensive standard libraries, and can be learned in a few days. Many
>     Python programmers report substantial productivity gains and feel
>     the language encourages the development of higher quality, more
>     maintainable code.
> With the links from the start about using Python for various purposes,
> along with reassuring text about licenses and so on.
> Note its all about how it can help you.
> The Haskell website has the rather strange motivational text:
>     Haskell is a general purpose, purely functional programming language
>     featuring static typing, higher order functions, polymorphism, type
>     classes, and monadic effects. Haskell compilers are freely available
>     for almost any computer.
> Which doesn't say why these help you.
> Any suggestions on a 2 or 3 sentence spiel about what's available?
> Here's some quick points:
>     General purpose: applications from OS kernels to compilers to web dev to ...
>     Strong integration with other languages: FFI, and FFI binding tools
>     Many developer tools: debugger, profiler, code coverage, QuickCheck
>     Extensive libraries: central library repository, central repo hosting
>     Productivity, robustness, maintainability: purity, type system, etc
>     Parallelism!
> -- Don
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