[Haskell-cafe] Re: The programming language market (was Re: Why functional programming matters

Stefan Monnier monnier at iro.umontreal.ca
Sat Jan 26 17:14:46 EST 2008

>> * Say "computers are cheap but programmers are expensive" whenever
>> explaining a correctness or productivity feature.
> This is true only if talking to people in high-income nations.

Is it?  Maybe you're right.

But historically, computers have been available at all kinds of price
ranges, so people chose the price point that fit them.  So, for the last
15 years or so already computers have been chosen (in the wealthy
countries) to be cheaper than programmers.

Is there any reason to think that the same forces aren't at play in
lower-income nations?  After all, cheap (typically second hand)
computers are easy to come by.


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