[Haskell-cafe] How easy is it to hire Haskell programmers

aditya siram aditya.siram at gmail.com
Fri Jul 2 13:32:43 EDT 2010

Maybe the codebase he's hiring for makes heavy use of Applicative,
Traversable, unboxing etc.


On Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 12:03 PM, Andrew Coppin
<andrewcoppin at btinternet.com> wrote:
> Edward Kmett wrote:
>> "Knowledge of Haskell" means very different things to different people.
>> I'd be somewhat leery of blindly hiring someone based on their ability to
>> answer a couple of pop Haskell quiz questions.
>> A better test might be if they really understood Applicative and
>> Traversable, or if they knew how to use hsc2hs; Talk about unboxing and when
>> to apply strictness annotations, finger trees, stream fusion, purely
>> functional data structures or ways to implement memoization in a purely
>> functional setting, or how to abuse side effects to do so in a less pure
>> way. Those are the kinds of things you get exposed to through actually using
>> Haskell, rather than through reading a monad tutorial.
> Hmm, interesting. Applicative and Traversable are two classes I've never
> used and don't really understand the purpose of. I have no idea what hsc2hs
> is. I keep hearing finger trees mentioned, but only in connection to papers
> that I can't access. So I guess that means that I don't count as a
> "knowledgable" Haskell programmer. :-(
> On the other hand, I could talk for hours about stream fusion or STM. (Hell,
> I've even had a go at implementing both of these; the latter made it into
> The Monad Reader.) All of which conclusively demonstrates... something.
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