[Haskell-cafe] Re: Haskell in Industry
caseyh at istar.ca
Tue Aug 10 02:14:47 EDT 2010
Of course Banks/Financial Firms/Investment Banks want software that is
correct, secure, and logs transactions.
Aspects are great for cross-cutting concerns like security and
logging; as in AspectJ.
For correctness, functional programming has that.
With monads its easy to add logging and security.
Something the BCLC (British Columbia Lottery Corporation) has missed
On Tue, 10 Aug 2010 14:05:50 +0800, you wrote:
>Remember that Banks/Financial Firms/Investment Banks were among the first big uses of punch card readers, mainframes, cobol, C, C++ (and OOP), VBA, Java.. I'm not saying if I like any of those languages (my presence on this list should give a clue how I feel) but investment banks picking up FP and Haskell bodes quite well for Haskell in the future.
>On Aug 10, 2010, at 12:59 AM, Tom Hawkins wrote:
>>> Good, we need more functional programmers actually solving real
>>> problems. But please put your skills to work in an industry other
>>> than investment banking.
>> I've received a lot mail on this comment; mostly positive. Here's one
>> from someone who wishes to remain anonymous:
>>> First of all I would like to say that I like your work regarding e.g.
>>> Atom. Second, I would like to know what exactly is bad about a Haskell
>>> job in investment banking as a lot of good programmers work in this
>> It's disproportionate. 95% of the job offerings in functional
>> programming are with investment firms. I believe investment banking
>> is important, but does it really need to dominate a large percentage
>> of the world's top tier programmers? Is computing the risk of
>> derivative contracts more important than pursuing sustainable energy,
>> new drug discovery, improving crop yields, etc. Some will argue
>> investment banking enables all of these things -- and I'm sure many
>> people in the industry go to work everyday feeling proud of their
>> contributions. But I just think most of this talent is going in to
>> improve the bottom line and little else.
>> (Yes, I realize that's were the money is, and that's who's hiring.
>> Actually I'm very glad. Investment banking is the first industry to
>> adopt functional programming on a large scale. And others will
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