[Haskell-cafe] Investing in languages

Stefan Monnier monnier at iro.umontreal.ca
Wed Jul 11 15:09:42 UTC 2018

> but functional programming is harder.

There's no doubt that languages like Haskell go through extra efforts to
make it *harder* to write incorrect code, and along the way they also
make it harder to write code at all.

So maybe it will take your guy a week to get the code written in
Haskell, whereas a couple days were sufficient in Java.  But that's
without counting the subsequent month during which the Java code will
have to be debugged before it actually works ;-)

IIRC it was Bob Harper who said a good programming language should be
hard to write (but easy to read, of course)?


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