[Haskell-cafe] Public floggings

Michael Turner michael.eugene.turner at gmail.com
Wed Oct 6 13:55:16 UTC 2021

>> Aside: to this day, that sort of ad-hoc syntax makes me gag. K&R should be
> publicly flogged on a regular basis.

Since I'm to blame for raising the subject that turned into a thread
about "the right exposition", I hereby surrender myself to be flogged
in lieu of the intended. I've deserved it for years, just for how I've
found perversely delightful ways to use the C preprocessor. Especially

K&R (the book) was almost indecent exposure -- it left nothing to the
imagination. As opposed to most writing on Haskell, where I'm
befuddled because it's not at all obvious how it does its thing. It's
like you're not /supposed/ to know. But K&R let it all hang out, and
for that reason, I loved it. Whip me, beat me, make me write C code.
Because that's just the kind of pervert I am. Still, sometimes.

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