[Haskell-cafe] Why Haskell is beautiful to the novice

Donn Cave donn at avvanta.com
Sat Aug 29 06:09:50 UTC 2015

quoth M Farkas-Dyck <strake888 at gmail.com>

> ... I see much praise of
> Python, while Haskell mostly performs better, is less verbose, and
> catches type errors. Worse yet, I see counsel to learn it as a first
> language.

Sure - "Programming for Everybody" is practically a Python trademark!

It is kind of embarrassing when Haskell enthusiasts see Python as a
better language for beginners.  But in either case I think we'd expect
only a fairly superficial treatment of the language, right?  I mean,
for example, back in the day, one of my colleagues picked up Python
for random minor utilitarian purposes, and when I talked to him he
hadn't used classes for anything, so for him it was only incidentally
OOP inasmuch as some of the built in functions were addressed as object
member functions.  A beginning student doesn't need to learn OOP in
any kind of depth.  He or she would need to learn about the IO monad,
but maybe not monads in general.  I suppose that might somewhat limit
one's potential appreciation of Haskell's beauty, if we're still
talking about that.


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