[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.
pumpkingod at gmail.com
Tue Sep 29 21:39:17 EDT 2009
We should have GHC 6.12 launch parties like the Windows 7 ones ;)
(if you haven't seen it, and are feeling masochistic:
On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 9:36 PM, Casey Hawthorne <caseyh at istar.ca> wrote:
> On Tue, 29 Sep 2009 18:19:08 -0700, you wrote:
>>On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 5:24 PM, Casey Hawthorne <caseyh at istar.ca> wrote:
>>> 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.
>>> If this is true, it needs to be pushed.
>>> And if by changing a few lines of source code one can develop a whole
>>> family of similar applications, that needs to be pushed, also.
>>If you look through the archives here and elsewhere on the net, I think
>>you'll see that technical superiority isn't the driving force for language
>>adoption. It can help, but other factors seem to play a more significant
>>role, usually dependent on context in which the languages became popular.
>>At times it can seem like luck, but then I'm reminded of what Louis Pasteur
>>said about luck and prepared minds.
>>It is good that you're talking about Haskell though. Continue to discuss it
>>with your peers and show them fun and cool things you've written using
>>Haskell. I think this is more compelling for the uninitiated than
>>statements about perceived technical power of the language. I've heard
>>people explain this as, "showing is better than telling."
> Like those people that are paid to go into coffee houses with some new
> technology, and then people see what they're doing and wander over and
> ask them questions about it.
>>"showing is better than telling."
> It's even being used by marketers/sellers.
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