[Haskell] Haskell as a disruptive technology?

Michael Marte marte at pms.informatik.uni-muenchen.de
Mon Mar 27 03:44:09 EST 2006

Paul Johnson wrote:

> - Little integration with mainstream software development.  No 
> analysis or design methods or notations.  Haskell development appears 
> to be primarily a matter of paying a bunch of very bright developers 
> to cut code.
Writing a functional specification is a very good design method.
The nice thing with Haskell is, that this specification is executable 
and with ghc it usually executes fast enough.

> - Concerns about support and maintenance.  Those bright developers may 
> not be around in the long term.

This seems to be a hen & egg problem.
Students do not study functional programming deeply because it seems 
irrelevant to finding a job. Decision makers, on the other hand, either 
have never heard of FP or are aware that there are not enough people 
familiar with it and so there are natural concerns about maintenance.


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