[Haskell-cafe] How do people still not understand what FP is about? What are we doing wrong?

Ben Kolera ben.kolera at gmail.com
Mon Jun 18 23:42:25 CEST 2012

Agreed, definitely out of context now that he has inadvertently cleared that up since this post. That thing that they say about jumping to assumptions … definitely well proven and in force today. Shouldn't be posting to mailing lists so early in the morning. :-/  

To be clear though, this post wasn't about calling anyone stupid. Chris most certainly isn't. Calling people stupid just because they disagree with you is a pretty awful thing and doesn't convince anyone anything. Maybe it was poorly worded, but I was more after ways to educate people why things are the way they are in haskell land and what powers that brings. The person is still able to disagree with that and prefer the old ways, but at least their decision wasn't fuelled by ignorance; which is the most important thing.  

But yeah; this is all out of context so all of the above is fairly moot, anyhow.

Apologies for the wild early-morning assumptions, everyone!   


On Tuesday, 19 June 2012 at 6:43 AM, john melesky wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 05:59:57AM +1000, Ben Kolera wrote:
> > Saw this float by in twitter, and it made me a bit sad. Obviously
> > this is still a large misunderstanding of FP in the larger
> > programming community and it make me wonder what we FP enthusiasts
> > are doing wrong to not get the message out to people.
> >  
> > "Programming languages that require random senseless voodoo to get
> > an effect are awesome. Let's make programming hard through poor
> > design." [1]
> If you click through and look at his later tweets, it's clear he's
> talking about Objective-C.
> Unless you're suggesting Objective-C is the language of FP
> enthusiasts, i think it's safe to say you heard him out of context. :)
> -john  

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