[Haskell-cafe] New slogan for haskell.org

Derek Elkins derek.a.elkins at gmail.com
Mon Oct 8 18:35:01 EDT 2007

On Mon, 2007-10-08 at 20:54 +1000, Thomas Conway wrote:
> I just had a conversation today that seems relevant to this thread. I
> was chatting with a friend who is working in the academic sector, and
> I was observing that Melbourne Uni (my old school), is switching in
> the new year from teaching Haskell as a first language, to teaching
> Python. I was dismayed, but not surprised.
> Anyway, I was talking about this with my friend said that he
> understood the main reason for the change was that students were not
> being "switched on" or excited learning Haskell as they used to be
> learning C. He put it down to the fact that in C, you are more
> obviously "making the computer do stuff", and that Haskell is
> sufficiently high level and abstract that beginner programmers don't
> get that thrill of feeling like you're making the computer work for
> you.
> I must say, I get that! but at the same time, of course, the high
> level abstraction is exactly what *we* love about Haskell.

Then they should teach assembly not Python.  In fact, I'd recommend
assembly anyway.

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