[Haskell-cafe] Elevator pitch for Haskell.

Michael Vanier mvanier at cs.caltech.edu
Tue Sep 4 18:50:40 EDT 2007

It's very nice, but I would say that anyone who needs an elevator pitch shouldn't be using or 
working with Haskell.  Haskell is for people who already "get it".  I've had job offers from people 
just because they knew I _liked_ Haskell, even though they weren't asking me to use it for the job.

OTOH, something like this might be useful for pitching Haskell to students, which is where the real 
growth opportunities are (minds not yet closed).


Paul Johnson wrote:
> This page (http://www.npdbd.umn.edu/deliver/elevator.html) has a 
> template for an "elevator pitch".  This is what you say to someone when 
> you have 30 seconds to explain your big idea, for instance if you find 
> yourself in an elevator with them.  I thought I'd try instantiating it 
> for Haskell.
> For software developers who need to produce highly reliable software at 
> minimum cost, Haskell is a pure functional programming language that 
> reduces line count by 75% through reusable higher order functions and 
> detects latent defects with its powerful static type system.  Unlike Ada 
> and Java, Haskell allows reusable functions to be combined without the 
> overhead of class definitions and inheritance, and its type system 
> prevents the hidden side effects that cause many bugs in programs 
> written in conventional languages.
> Comments?
> Paul.
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