[Haskell-cafe] Comments from OCaml Hacker Brian Hurt

Sittampalam, Ganesh ganesh.sittampalam at credit-suisse.com
Thu Jan 15 11:12:05 EST 2009

Lennart Augustsson wrote:
> I have replied on his blog, but I'll repeat the gist of it here.
> Why is there a fear of using existing terminology that is exact?
> Why do people want to invent new words when there are already
> existing ones with the exact meaning that you want? If I see Monoid I
> know what it is, if I didn't know I could just look on Wikipedia. 
> If I see Appendable I can guess what it might be, but exactly what
> does it mean? 

I would suggest that having to look things up slows people down 
and might distract them from learning other, perhaps more useful,
things about the language.


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