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

Christopher Done chrisdone at googlemail.com
Thu Jul 16 16:09:10 EDT 2009

2009/7/16 Daniel van den Eijkel <dvde at gmx.net>:
> In an ideal world, Haskell would be a perfect first programming language.
> But consider: If someone without any programming background learns Haskell
> as first language, she or he might have big problems using any other
> language after that. Unlearning what you can do with Haskell is much harder
> than unlearning imperative thinking. (I had to learn PHP after I was used to
> write in Haskell, and it was no fun) I don't want to miss the great
> experience of learning Haskell *after* Scheme (and Scheme after C), and I
> would not like to deprieve anybody of such an experience. Or what should
> they have for dessert?

I think the transition from one paradigm to another is always hard,
whatever the direction. That's why it's a paradigm.

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