Burning bridges

Bardur Arantsson spam at scientician.net
Thu May 23 04:47:20 CEST 2013

On 05/23/2013 03:22 AM, Brandon Allbery wrote:
> On Wed, May 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM, Ivan Lazar Miljenovic <
> ivan.miljenovic at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 23 May 2013 07:32, Malcolm Wallace <malcolm.wallace at me.com> wrote:
>>> -20 for generalising the Prelude
>>> +1 for removals from the Prelude
>>> -1 for adding monomorphic stuff
>>> +1000 for doing nothing
>>> You are all nuts. :-)
>> I don't know if I'd go quite _that_ for as Malcolm for the weightings
>> for the different proposals...
>> But I was speaking with a few other tutors of an introductory
>> CS/programming course that uses Haskell (note: it's teaching
>> programming with Haskell, not teaching Haskell per se: for example,
>> all pattern matchings must be done with case statements as the
>> lecturer considers top-level pattern matching a Haskell-specific
>> quirk) about these proposals...
> If the Prelude is mandated as training wheels then I am +1 for jettisoning
> the Prelude for real Haskell programs; let it be training wheels, so
> labeled, and real programs should use something sensible. And the Prelude
> should not be imported at all by default if it's only there for teaching.

> import TrainingWheels

has a nice ring to it... :)

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