The dreaded M-R
ganesh at earth.li
Thu Jan 26 19:20:17 EST 2006
On Thu, 26 Jan 2006, John Hughes wrote:
> (Some object that := "means" assignment--but come on,
> we're not reserving := for future use as assignment in Haskell, are we?
> Why should we give up a perfectly good symbol because it's used
> elsewhere to mean something else?).
Programmers unfamiliar with Haskell but familiar with general
programming ideas would be confused by it. I think this is a good reason
to avoid (mis)use of this symbol.
Quite a lot has been mentioned in various threads including this one about
making sure that Haskell stays/becomes an easy/easier language to teach to
undergraduates. However, there is a large and growing community of
experienced programmers coming to Haskell and liking it, and we must keep
them in mind too. A lot of them use the #haskell IRC channel as a
resource, and as a regular there I have the impression that the numbers
are on their way up quite rapidly.
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