[Haskell-cafe] I read somewhere that for 90% of a wide class of computing problems, you only need 10% of the source code in Haskell, that you would in an imperative language.

Andrew Coppin andrewcoppin at btinternet.com
Thu Oct 1 03:59:17 EDT 2009

Ketil Malde wrote:
> Although the question of how we "naturally" think often comes up, I'm
> not sure it's a very important one.  In my experience, the natural
> thing for humans appear rather to be the absence of thinking, and
> instead slouching in front of the TV eating unhealthy food.
> After all, we give people who program computers several years of
> education to learn about unnatural things like counters and temporary
> variables, or recursion and folds.  The question shouldn't be what comes
> more natural for average Joe, but rather what skills can we teach a
> reasonably bright student in three to five years that will make her the
> most effective programmer.

I'll go along with that.

Although, to all the people who ask "why is Ruby so popular?", I might 
suggest "because it's easy to learn"...

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