The dreaded M-R

Philippa Cowderoy flippa at
Mon Jan 30 10:07:32 EST 2006

On Mon, 30 Jan 2006, John Hughes wrote:

> > Insist the warnings be available, don't require them to be in the standard
> > warning level?
> > 
> >  
> But then beginners will, without warning, sometimes find their code running
> unreasonably
> slowly. That isn't, really, any better. Too many will just conclude "Haskell
> is unreasonably
> slow" and abandon it.

I can't speak for anyone else, but I certainly had a poke around the bit 
in the GHC docs on making stuff go faster (being not entirely clueless I 
found the bit about float not being specialised to be patronising - I 
happened to have audio in mind where float's appropriate and saves cache).

This particular student was also happy to stop thinking about speed so 
much for once - and with a gamedev community background I'm more 
interested in it than most, who were happy with Java at a point when it 
was still much slower than C++.

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