[Haskell] Do you use Haskell on the job?

kirk.martinez at gmail.com kirk.martinez at gmail.com
Fri Feb 6 18:07:40 EST 2009

Hello, fellow Haskell hackers! I am writing a term paper on Haskell in  
Business, and while I have gathered a lot of good information on the  
Internet, I would really like direct feedback from software professionals  
who have used Haskell in a business setting. I would really appreciate a  
few minutes of your time to provide insights gained from applying Haskell  
in the real world. Who knows, this could lead to a greater adoption of  
Haskell in the business community!

Rather than a list of Haskell's technical strengths (purity, laziness,  
composition, etc.), I want to get a sense of the process leading up to the  
decision to use Haskell for a given project and the insights gained during  
and after completion. I am particularly interested in questions related to  
business value:

* What were the pros and cons you considered when choosing a language? Why  
FP? Why Haskell?
* What aspects of your problem domain were most critical to making that  
* How has using Haskell given you a competitive advantage?
* How is the software development lifecycle positively/negatively affected  
by using Haskell as opposed to a different language?
* How did you convince management to go with a functional approach?
* Was the relative scarcity of Haskell programmers a problem? If so, how  
was it managed?
* Would you choose to use Haskell again for a similar project given what  
you know now?

The best responses will not simply list answers, but also provide  
background and a bit of narrative on the project and insights gained. Feel  
free to reply to the list, or just to me personally if you prefer. My email  
is below.

Thank you,
Kirk Martinez
(Kirk dot Martinez at gmail dot com)
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