[Haskell-cafe] A heretic question

Derek Elkins derek.a.elkins at gmail.com
Sun Oct 19 17:20:57 EDT 2008

On Sun, 2008-10-19 at 23:08 +0200, Achim Schneider wrote:
> What kind of things, barring coding on Haskell-less platforms and
> library interfaces would you choose to do in C++?
> I'm asking 'cos I'm learning C++ and can't get the proper motivation to
> do any program I can think of in it: If I need abstraction, I'm
> thinking Haskell or Scheme, and if I'm thinking performance, C itself
> more than suffices.
> Plus template programming makes me shudder because of its atrocities
> against clear and straightforward FP, but that's a different matter.

I tend to use C++ whenever I strongly care about data representation
(which is admittedly rarely.)  You can use C for that; I just prefer C
to C++ for almost everything.

The only other thing that would almost certainly lead me to using C++ is
if I needed to use to a C++ library.  C++ is extremely difficult to
interface to.

> Coming to think of it, a compiler from a clean syntax to C++ templates
> sounds like a fun project... which I'd do in Haskell.

This is actually one of the first things I wrote in Haskell.  It's not
even much of a compiler but mostly just filling in the blanks of some

So I could write:
fac 0 = 1
fac n = n * fac (n - 1)

and get output akin to the example on wikipedia.

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