[Haskell-cafe] Time for a new logo?

Malcolm Wallace Malcolm.Wallace at cs.york.ac.uk
Tue Dec 16 07:12:17 EST 2008

Andrew Coppin <andrewcoppin at btinternet.com> wrote:

> To him, apparently, the current logo says "Haskell is all
> about  arcane and obscure mathematical constructs. In fact, we think
> that  complicated mathematics is so good that we stuffed our logo full
> of it.  If you don't like hard math, don't even bother trying to learn
> this  language."

I think he got the right idea (kind of).  To him, mathematics is arcane,
but to Haskellers it is the fundamental basis of computation.  If
someone is not prepared to invest in learning the foundations of the
subject of Computer Science, then they have no business becoming a
programmer.  Would you want someone who disdains mathematics to be
responsible for designing the physical aerodynamics of aircraft?  Then
why would you permit them to program the control software that will fly

We really must get away from the idea that programming is something any
old fool should be able to pick up.  Programming correct software is
hard, and it requires a mathematical mind.


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