[Haskell-cafe] Haskell as a religion

Brian Hurt bhurt at spnz.org
Sat Dec 20 20:35:09 EST 2008

(Sorry for the late reply)

On Tue, 16 Dec 2008, Andrew Coppin wrote:

> Don Stewart wrote:
>> I think of Haskell more as a revolutionary movement
> LOL! Longest revolution EVER, eh? I mean, how long ago was its dogma first 
> codified? ;-)

Remember: the eternal union of soviet socialist states lasted about 7 
times as long as Hitler's thousand-year Reich (meanwhile, Jefferson's 
temporary experiment still seems to be lurching along about as well as 
ever).  Nothing is as permanent as that which is declared temporary, and 
nothing is as temporary as that which is declared permanent.  Also, 
constants aren't and variables don't.

> The thing that saddens me is this:
> http://prog21.dadgum.com/31.html
> Basically, Haskell will never be popular, but its coolest ideas will be 
> stolen by everybody else and passed off as their own. :-(

We should be so lucky.  My deepest fears is that Haskell doesn't become 
popular *and* it's ideas aren't picked up by other languages.


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