[Haskell-cafe] Language complexity & beginners (Was: New type of ($) operator in GHC 8.0 is problematic)

Richard A. O'Keefe ok at cs.otago.ac.nz
Mon Feb 8 23:54:04 UTC 2016

On 8/02/16 1:42 pm, Michael Orlitzky wrote:
> I like the new type signature. It indicates that you're about to invoke
> dark magic line noise to avoid something simple and well-understood and
> in use since the beginning of time (parentheses).
So time began in the 15th century?
No, wait, that's text.  For mathematics,
time must have begun in the 16th century.

Wait, those were grouping parentheses, not application ones.
According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_function_concept
something explicit resembling modern ideas of a "function" appeared
in the 17th century, so THAT's when time began.

I always wondered.

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