[Haskell-cafe] How about Haskell Golf just like vimgolf.com

Markus Läll markus.l2ll at gmail.com
Tue Jan 4 13:51:15 CET 2011

On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 6:19 PM, Ertugrul Soeylemez <es at ertes.de> wrote:

> Alex Kropivny <alex.kropivny at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Could something like code abstraction be done instead?
> >
> > Haskell lends itself to solving problems in really generic, high level
> > ways that reveal a LOT about the underlying problem structure. Through
> > some combination of descriptive data types, generic type classes, and
> > generic helper functions... You get an extremely clear problem
> > description.
> >
> > Example: https://github.com/amtal/snippets/blob/master/Key.hs (Haskell)
> > versus http://siyobik.info/index.php?module=pastebin&id=543 (C++)
> >
> > Clarity is a lot harder to score for, so you'd probably need to score
> > things via votes. (Unless there's a way to measure how
> > "generic"/high-level code is?) Such a site would fill a very nice
> > role, that the programming language shootout definitely does not fill.
> >
> > Currently the only way to figure out what "good" Haskell code looks
> > like is to browse lots of blogs, and dig through hackage until you
> > find beautifully written packages.
> I really like this idea.  New concepts in Haskell come up from time to
> time.  Now if there was a competition for code quality and good ideas,
> they may become more frequent.

This could also go for problems, where you have to use some specific feature
or extension, like scoped type variables, type families/functional
dependencies, or even just typeclasses... (Remember, there was a deep list
concatenation problem thread some days ago.)

Markus Läll
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