[Haskell-cafe] learning advanced haskell
aran.donohue at gmail.com
Tue Jun 15 04:18:37 EDT 2010
Thanks for the great responses. My haskell-learning todo list is refreshed
and renewed :)
I would point out, though, that had I followed a "Learn when needed"
philosophy more broadly I would never have come to Haskell or even
functional programming in general.
On Mon, Jun 14, 2010 at 12:33 PM, Andrew Coppin <andrewcoppin at btinternet.com
> John Lato wrote:
>> I sort of agree with this, with some very large caveats.
> Well, yes. If you don't know what a feature does, then you won't know that
> it solves the problem you have.
> However, there's a lot to be said for both intellectual curiosity and
>> learning for the sake of knowledge. Just because you may never need
>> to use a feature doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to understand it.
> There is that. However, in my experience, most of the advanced techniques
> tend to be described in language beyond my comprehension. (And most examples
> seem overly complex - although maybe that's just a reflection of the fact
> that simple problems don't require sophisticated techniques in the first
> place.) Having a specific problem to solve can be quite helpful. Unlike an
> example, you already understand what the problem is, and why it can't easily
> be solved any other way.
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