[Haskell-cafe] funct.prog. vs logic prog., practical Haskell

Carter Schonwald carter.schonwald at gmail.com
Sun Aug 2 08:36:27 EDT 2009

are you a student (undergrad or grad) or  faculty (junior or senior)? These
are all very different scenarios and accordingly different goals are

For example, if you're a student, it might be more realistic to start with
finding a professor who will be willing to supervise an independent study

On Sun, Aug 2, 2009 at 6:25 AM, Petr Pudlak <deb at pudlak.name> wrote:

>    Hi all,
> I'd like to convince people at our university to pay more attention to
> functional languages, especially Haskell. Their arguments were that
>    (1) Functional programming is more academic than practical.
>    (2) They are using logic programming already (Prolog); why is Haskell
>        better than Prolog (or generally a functional language better than a
>        logic programming language)?
> (1) is easier to answer, there are a lots of applications at HaskellWiki,
> or
> elsewhere around the Internet, written in Haskell, OCaml, etc.  Still, I
> welcome comments on your experience, for example, if you have written some
> larger-scale application in Haskell (or another a functional language) that
> is
> not at HaskellWiki, and perhaps if/why you would recommend doing so to
> other
> people.
> (2) is harder for me, since I've never programmed in Prolog or another
> language
> for logic programming. I'd be happy if anyone who is experienced in both
> Prolog
> and Haskell could elaborate the differences, pros & cons etc.
>    Thanks,
>    Petr
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