[Haskell-cafe] What to say about Haskell?

Magnus Therning magnus at therning.org
Tue Jul 14 10:36:42 EDT 2009

On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 3:01 PM, Cristiano Paris<frodo at theshire.org> wrote:
> 2009/7/14 Patai Gergely <patai_gergely at fastmail.fm>:
>> Hello all,
>> I was asked to give a one-hour 'introductory' seminar on Haskell. The
>> audience is a bunch of very clever people with a wider than usual
>> perspective on programming and mathematics, and my talk should be rather
>> informational than evangelistic. Which topics do you think I should
>> touch by all means given the short time?
> When you create the presentation, please consider the big picture of
> Haskell, not only its technological features like laziness,
> curryfication, HOF, monadic syntax, type inference, type classes and
> so on.
> I would concentrate on the fact that when you use Haskell, you write
> code that is less prone to errors and bugs. When you write a program
> in Haskell and it finally compiles, chances are that there are far
> less bugs than in a program written in another language (I'm thinking
> about so popular dynamic languages like Python and Ruby): hunting for
> "semantic" errors is a significantly shorter task.
> This comes directly from the technological features I mentioned above:
> they are in the language for a purpose.
> My 2 cents.

And maybe adding that Haskell seems to make it easy to concentrate on
data flow rather than control flow.


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