On the Meaning of Haskell 7

Daniel Peebles pumpkingod at gmail.com
Mon Nov 30 14:59:05 EST 2009

I think it's more about readership. There's almost nobody on this
mailing list, and haskell-cafe has way more traffic. You might
actually get feedback about your ideas there.

On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 2:56 PM, John D. Earle <JohnDEarle at cox.net> wrote:
> This may be the last in the series given that Simon Marlow feels that I am
> being non-sequitur. I on the other hand feel that I am being very much on
> topic. To quote Dune, "They move in mysterious ways." I wanted to complete a
> thought and I thought to end it on number 7.
> My guess is why the case-of construct is preferred is due to Haskell being a
> functional language. In other words the world is to be wrapped up into a
> ball and passed like a basketball. The if-then-else paradigm holds a world
> view where the world consists of disparate parts to be accessed and tested,
> however. This supports my thesis. It may be worth considering the removal of
> if-then-else as opposed to fixing it.
> Simon Marlow wrote "haskell-prime at haskell.org is specifically for discussing
> proposals for changes in future revisions of the Haskell language." I have
> an anti-proposal. Do not change anything unless you know what you are doing.
> Don't make a proposal unless you know what you are saying.
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