[Haskell-cafe] RE: Haskell as a first language?

Joe Fredette jfredett at gmail.com
Tue Jul 14 05:57:58 EDT 2009

If only for the fact that our little Haskell community is composed of 
about the nicest set of people ever -- I mean, try asking a newbie 
question on #c sometime -- then Haskell is a great language to learn early.

Not only is it great because of it's community, but it's also full of 
resources -- there are plenty of fun and interesting tutorials to learn 
with, among the best are Real World Haskell -- it's actually a print 
book, but you can read it in it's entirety online, give it a google. 
There's also a nice tutorial called, "Learn you a Haskell for Great 
Good" (or something like that), I've heard good things about it.

By far the best things you can do are subscribe to the Haskell-Cafe 
mailing list, and get yourself in the #haskell chatroom on freenode. I 
believe it was Mrs. Frizzle who said it best, "Ask Questions, Make 
Mistakes, get Haskell-y!!!"


Simon Peyton-Jones wrote:
> Haskell is a great language!  Check out haskell.org.   I'm ccing the Haskell Cafe which is read by many people better qualified to answer your question than me.   (Since I've been working on Haskell for many years, I am not well qualified to say how it seems to a beginner.)
> S
> | -----Original Message-----
> | From: Charles Turner [mailto:charlie.h.turner at googlemail.com]
> | Sent: 11 July 2009 22:52
> | To: Simon Peyton-Jones
> | Subject: Haskell as a first language?
> | 
> | I'll make this short! Do you think Haskell is a good language to start
> | with? I am brand new to programming and have been using Scheme, some of
> | my peers suggest I should use Haskell. It seems "professional" to me.
> | Has features that a beginner should not worry about. What would you
> | suggest. (I'm not worried about bias)
> | 
> | Thank you very much for your time.
> | 
> | Charles Turner.
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