[Haskell-cafe] Re: Haskell in Industry

A Smith asmith9983 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 11 22:58:28 EDT 2010

New technologies are usually introduced by smart people who have the vision,
and drive to communicate  the benefits of doing it differently and usually
better to their peers, and seniors.
Few senior IT people will have any FP knowledge,  or maybe exposure  to  the
mathematical or CS  fundamentals  of FP over imperative programming.
New technologies need an environment where  spending can afford a degree of
I the UK, few graduates outside a limited set will have experienced Haskell,
OCAML, or Erlang. The talented will dabble  for the fun of it. Once MS push
F#, the situation will change. Look at the history and acceptance of C++ in
the 1990's.
Andrew in Edinburgh,Scotland.
A Haskell convert

On 11 August 2010 08:30, Ketil Malde <ketil at malde.org> wrote:

> Henning Thielemann <schlepptop at henning-thielemann.de> writes:
> > about functional programming jobs in investment banking ...
> >> I don't think this is bad: having talented people recruited to work
> >> on functional programming will improve the technology for all of us.
> > I'm not sure I follow this opinion in general. Analogously I could say:
> > Supporting military is a good idea, since they invest in new
> > technologies.
> Sure, if the premise is that investment banks (or the military) are evil,
> then it is morally questionable to support them.  If these are the
> major consumers of functional programming, one might question the ethics
> of working on FP in general as well.
> But as I interpreted this thread, the premise was not about the morality
> of specific sectors, but rather that finance "takes away" too much of
> the FP talent.  My opinion is that we should rather appreciate business
> or organizations willing to fund FP - perhaps especially for "evil"
> organizations, where funds would otherwise go to more nefarious
> purposes.
> -k
> --
> If I haven't seen further, it is by standing in the footprints of giants
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