[Haskell-cafe] I read somewhere that for 90% of a wide class of
computing problems, you only need 10% of the source code in Haskell,
that you would in an imperative language.
caseyh at istar.ca
Tue Sep 29 21:36:06 EDT 2009
On Tue, 29 Sep 2009 18:19:08 -0700, you wrote:
>On Tue, Sep 29, 2009 at 5:24 PM, Casey Hawthorne <caseyh at istar.ca> wrote:
>> I read somewhere that for 90% of a wide class of computing problems,
>> you only need 10% of the source code in Haskell, that you would in an
>> imperative language.
>> If this is true, it needs to be pushed.
>> And if by changing a few lines of source code one can develop a whole
>> family of similar applications, that needs to be pushed, also.
>If you look through the archives here and elsewhere on the net, I think
>you'll see that technical superiority isn't the driving force for language
>adoption. It can help, but other factors seem to play a more significant
>role, usually dependent on context in which the languages became popular.
>At times it can seem like luck, but then I'm reminded of what Louis Pasteur
>said about luck and prepared minds.
>It is good that you're talking about Haskell though. Continue to discuss it
>with your peers and show them fun and cool things you've written using
>Haskell. I think this is more compelling for the uninitiated than
>statements about perceived technical power of the language. I've heard
>people explain this as, "showing is better than telling."
Like those people that are paid to go into coffee houses with some new
technology, and then people see what they're doing and wander over and
ask them questions about it.
>"showing is better than telling."
It's even being used by marketers/sellers.
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