[Haskell-cafe] Interesting new user perspective
jonathanccast at fastmail.fm
Sun Oct 12 21:39:58 EDT 2008
On Fri, 2008-10-10 at 18:13 -0500, John Goerzen wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 02:29:54PM -0700, Jonathan Cast wrote:
> > > I've
> > > got a Haskell book here (Hutton, 170 pages) that doesn't even mention
> > > how to open a file!
> > That short, and you expect minor features like that (that not every
> > program even needs) to be squeezed in?
> Uh... yes. Opening and closing files, command-line parsing, etc --
> needed by almost every program. Aside from some very simple
> stdin-to-stdout filters, it is difficult to imagine a program where
> you don't need to open a file!
Again, you need a bigger imagination. My day job is almost entirely
DB-centric; code that uses file I/O is very much a special case.
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