[Haskell-cafe] Comments from OCaml Hacker Brian Hurt

Luke Palmer lrpalmer at gmail.com
Thu Jan 15 21:07:54 EST 2009

On Thu, Jan 15, 2009 at 7:02 PM, Michael Giagnocavo <mgg at giagnocavo.net>wrote:

> >Your talk of undergraduate courses to concat two lists isn't grounded
> >in any kind of reality, muddies the waters, and probably scares people
> >away from Haskell by giving the impression that it's much harder than
> >it is.
> I've been studying Haskell a bit to understand and learn more about
> functional programming (I'm using F#). I have to say, the scariest thing
> I've faced was exactly what you say. Everything I read built "monads" up to
> be this ungraspable thing like quantum mechanics.

Yeah, monad is on the same level as quantum mechanics.  Both are equally
simple and popularly construed as ungraspable.

(However to grasp monads easily you need a background in FP; to grasp QM
easily you need a background in linear algebra)

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