[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.

Peter Verswyvelen bugfact at gmail.com
Wed Sep 30 05:02:42 EDT 2009

Yep, LINQ makes C# more enjoyable :-)  Scala and haXe also look nice, a bit
of a mix between OCaml/F#, C#/Java and Haskell.
Besides the fact that hacking in Haskell is a great deal of fun, the main
reason I see for learning Haskell: it makes you a better programmer.  After
a couple of years of playing with Haskell, I can now solve problems that I
couldn't before. It's of course hard to tell if Haskell is the reason here,
or just experience, but I feel it really is Haskell (actually, functional
programming). Haskell made me see the world in a different way (and if I see
Oleg's and co's code, I still have an infinitely long road ahead.

The main reason why you should not learn Haskell: it's a bit of a drug;
after you learned Haskell, programming in an "industrial strength" language
suddenly feels like a waste of time, time better spent learning more

On Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 10:26 AM, Deniz Dogan <deniz.a.m.dogan at gmail.com>wrote:

> 2009/9/30 Andrew Coppin <andrewcoppin at btinternet.com>:
> > (Mr C++ argues that homo sapiens fundamentally think in an imperative
> way,
> > and therefore functional programming in general will never be popular.
> Sounds more like Mr C++ fundamentally thinks in an imperative way
> because that's what he is used to.
> I recently started working with C# and struggled for way too long with
> for/foreach loops to do things that in Haskell could be expressed
> using only folding, mapping and filtering. When I realised that those
> ideas actually exist in System.Linq I suddenly started liking the
> language a bit more.
> txtCommaSeparatedNames.Text.Split(',').Select(x => x.Trim()).Where(x
> => x.Length > 0).Select(x => Convert.ToInt32(x)).ToList();
> Ah, the joy of FP.
> --
> Deniz Dogan
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