[Haskell-cafe] functional languages - pretty good for students!
dennis.raddle at gmail.com
Mon Jun 17 20:55:30 UTC 2019
I've been doing computer science tutoring for a few years in languages like
Java and Python.
I started teaching a 10th grade student Elm recently. I'd like to use
Haskell at some point, but because he likes websites and games, Elm seemed
more apropos. What I'm discovering is that a functional language like Elm
is fairly natural to him and he's learning quickly!
point) are extracurricular and he hasn't put much study in-between lessons,
so his progress has been slow. I don't think he's developed many
But now, his progress in Elm is faster.
One factor, I think, is how concise functional code is. He hasn't developed
much "programmer's eye" up to now (by which I mean scanning a lot of code
quickly) but Elm, being much shorter, is easier for him to grasp at a
He also thinks the algebraic data model is cool. He sees how it's related
to classes and subclasses, but he appreciates how relatively simple it is.
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