[Haskell-cafe] Haskell Propeganda
tom.davie at gmail.com
Sat Aug 23 17:06:30 EDT 2008
On 23 Aug 2008, at 22:36, Matus Tejiscak wrote:
> On So, 2008-08-23 at 22:16 +0200, Thomas Davie wrote:
>> Today I made an interesting discovery.
>> We all know the benefits of a strong type system, and often tout it
>> a major advantage of using Haskell. The discovery I made, was that C
>> programmer don't realise the implications of that, as this comment
>> Apparently, no one realises that a SEGFAULT is a type error, just not
>> a very helpful one.
> Type errors are useful because they emerge at compile time and prevent
> you from compiling (and running) a broken program. A segfault is a
> runtime error and as such provides no such guide -- it may or may not
> arise and you don't know something's wrong until sigsegv kills your
> screws all your data, crashes the airplane etc. (without the
> to tell whether/when it will happen).
I guess I didn't express my point very clearly... That C programmers
apparently don't realise that a type system that's sound will give
them something -- i.e. their programmer won't ever segfault. I wonder
when we try to advertise Haskell if we should be saying "we can give
you programs that never segfault", instead of "we have a strong type
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