[Haskell-cafe] How many "Haskell Engineer I/II/III"s are there?
andrewcoppin at btinternet.com
Wed Feb 10 14:26:22 EST 2010
Jason Dusek wrote:
> Although I'm fond of Haskell, in practice I am not a
> Haskell programmer -- I'm paid for Ruby and Bourne shell
> Many of the jobs posted on this list end up being jobs
> for people who appreciate Haskell but will work in C# or
> O'Caml or some-such.
> I wonder how many people actually write Haskell,
> principally or exclusively, at work?
I usually estimate the answer to this question by looking up how many
employees WellTyped.com and Galois.com have between them, under the
simplifying assumption that the number of other people using Haskell is
probably so utterly insignificant that it doesn't matter.
I'd love to see Haskell become popular, but it doesn't seem to be in any
rush to happen just yet. (Then again, I gather 10 years ago things were
far, far worse than they are today...)
Some people (especially C programmers) have tried to tell me that
Haskell is too slow. Others have claimed it's too incomprehensible.
"People inherantly thing sequentially, not set-theoretically" they say.
(Last time I checked, nobody's complaining about SQL being
unintuitive...) "People don't think recursively" is another
commonly-sited objection. Still others point out that Haskell is a
*pure* functional language, and all the most popular languages are
hybrids. Eiffel is a pure-OO language, but the hybrids like Java and C++
far vastly more popular. I myself might point out the comparative
immaturity of things on Windows (the single biggest target platform on
the market), and the rough edges on tools like Darcs, Haddock and Cabal.
If enough people become interested, all these things could (and
hopefully would) be fixed. It's a question of whether we reach the
necessary critical mass or not...
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