[Haskell-cafe] Readable Haskell

Branimir Maksimovic branimir.maksimovic at gmail.com
Sat Sep 19 15:06:17 UTC 2020

Generally write functions with meaningfull names. Using symbols should 
be understandable andĀ  clear.

Generally Haskell is easy to read.

Greets, Branimir.

On 9/19/20 5:02 PM, Misja Alma wrote:
> Hi,
> I have been writing Haskell in my spare time for a couple of years 
> now, but when I showed some code lately to a friend he remarked that 
> he didn't find it very readable. Actually I agree, when I look at my 
> own code of a couple of months old I have trouble figuring out too 
> what exactly it is doing.
> I'm coming from a Java and Scala background and there, especially for 
> Java, are some generally accepted best practices that makeĀ sure that 
> your teammates don't have too much trouble reading your code. E.g. 
> write short functions with a single responsibility, use variable, 
> class and function names that explain what they are meant for, etc.
> I think some of those best practices, like short functions with single 
> responsibility, are useful for Haskell as well. But Haskell is a 
> different language than Java and has its own strong points and 
> pitfalls regarding readability, so it probably needs different coding 
> standards as well.
> I have been looking on the Internet if I could find some tips about 
> improving readability but all I could find was 
> http://www.haskellforall.com/. Although there are some useful tips in 
> there, this site seems to be aimed at making Haskell easier to read 
> for newcomers from other languages. What I am interested in are tips 
> from real projects that are built by real teams.
> Does anybody have any tips, or are there some sites or books that I 
> could read about this topic?
> Thanks,
> Misja
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