[Haskell-cafe] Need inputs for a Haskell awareness presentation

Clark Gaebel cgaebel at uwaterloo.ca
Thu May 31 20:55:57 CEST 2012

Regarding 2d, Debug.Trace is perfect for that.

On Thu, May 31, 2012 at 2:23 PM, C K Kashyap <ckkashyap at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I have the opportunity to make a presentation to folks (developers and
> managers) in my organization about Haskell - and why it's important - and
> why it's the only way forward. I request you to share your
> experiences/suggestions for the following -
> 1. Any thoughts around the outline of the presentation - target audience
> being seasoned imperative programmers who love and live at the pinnacle of
>  object oriented bliss.
> 2. Handling questions/comments like these in witty/interesting ways -
>     a) It looks good and mathematical but practically, what can we do with
> it, all our stuff is in C++
>     b) Wow, what do you mean you cannot reason about its space complexity?
>     c) Where's my inheritance?
>     d) Debugging looks like a nightmare - we cannot even put a print in
> the function?
>     e) Static types - in this day and age - come on - productivity in X is
> so much more - and that's because they got rid of type mess.
>     f)  Is there anything "serious/large" written in it? [GHC will not
> qualify as a good answer I feel]
>     g) Oh FP, as in Lisp, oh, that's AI stuff right ... we don't really do
> AI.
>     h) Any other questions/comments that you may have heard.
> 3. Ideas about interesting problems that can be used so that it appeals to
> people. I mean, while fibonacci etc look good but showing those examples
> tend to send the signal that it's good for "those kind" of problems.
> 4. Is talking about or referring to Lambda calculus a good idea - I mean,
> showing that using its ultra simple constructs one could build up things
> like if/then etc
> I'm gonna do my bit to wear the limestone!!!
> Regards,
> Kashyap
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