[Haskell-cafe] Haskell-Cafe Digest, Vol 217, Issue 16

Richard Eisenberg lists at richarde.dev
Fri Sep 17 17:02:09 UTC 2021

> On Sep 17, 2021, at 3:50 AM, Tom Ellis <tom-lists-haskell-cafe-2017 at jaguarpaw.co.uk> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 17, 2021 at 01:43:01PM +0900, Michael Turner wrote:
>> I finally got (most of?) what monads really mean for practical
>> programming when none other than Simon Peyton-Jones said F# called a
>> very similar construct "workflow," a word he likes.
> Was it literally just a single sentence introducing a new word for a
> concept that made you "get it"?  Could you elaborate?  This is really
> quite remarkable.

For me, coming from a mostly Java background (but with a healthy dollop of functional programming thrown in the mix -- but no Haskell), the phrase that unlocked monads was "programmable semicolon".

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