[Haskell-cafe] Am I the only one having problems with RWH?

Janek S. fremenzone at poczta.onet.pl
Sat Oct 6 21:54:26 CEST 2012

Dnia sobota, 6 października 2012, Mark Thom napisał:
>Also, the functional pearl on applicative functors by Conor McBride and a second
> author (can't recall his name) blew the door open on the subject, for me.
Good to hear, it's in front of me on the desk and I'm planning to finish that pearl tomorrow (BTW. 
Ross Paterson is the second author).

> I'm not totally sure if you're having problems with RWH, or think it's
> too easy, but here are my thoughts on both:
I consider RWH to be a bit too hard for me.

>  I too agree that LYAH is the
> easier one, and it is slightly more focused on the theory and concepts
> of Haskell, so I would definitely recommend checking that out.
I already read LYAH.

> For other Haskell-related writings, Simon Marlow is currently writing
> a book based on his Parallel and Concurrent Programming in Haskell
> tutorial (http://community.haskell.org/~simonmar/par-tutorial.pdf) for
> O'Reilly at the moment. In the meantime, I've found the Simons' papers
> to be interesting reading:
Yes, I know about the upcomming book and I'm awaiting it. Right now I'm digging through REPA 
papers, but Marlow's tutorial is next on my list of things to read.

> So, you're probably at a level where you'll want to start looking for
> interesting academical papers on Haskell/FP and theory, then re-visit
> RWH once in a while
Well, I figured out that before I go into more academic stuff I should have more knowledge about 
the basics, which I thought would be covered by RWH. Hence my frustration from not understanding 
a book that's supposed to introduce people to Haskell.

I guess I'll start with reading some papers on parallelism and go back to RWH when I have more 


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