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    Learning (from) Haskell - An experience report

    Aditya Godbole
    Aditya Godbole
    schedule 2 years ago
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    45 mins
    Experience Report
    Beginner

    Functional programming as a programming style and discipline is useful even in languages which are not pure functional languages. By practising programming in a pure functional language like Haskell, programmers can drastically improve the quality of code when coding in other languages as well.

    The talk is based on first hand experience of using Haskell in internal courses in our organisation to improve code quality.

    This talk will cover Gofer (one of the earliest variants of Haskell) as a teaching tool, including the choice of the language, the features from Haskell that should (and shouldn't) be covered and the obstacles and benefits of the exercise.

     

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    Haskell for Everyday Programmers

    Venkat Subramaniam
    Venkat Subramaniam
    schedule 2 years ago
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    90 mins
    Talk
    Intermediate

    I learn different languages not to make use of them, but to program in my current languages in a better way. As we adapt functional style of programming in mainstream languages, like Java, C#, and C++, we can learn a great deal from a language that is touted as a purely functional language.

    Haskell is statically typed, but not in a way like Java, C#, or C++. Its static typing does not get in the way of productivity. Haskell quietly does lazy evaluation and enforces functional purity for greater good. Everyday programmers, like your humble speaker, who predominantly code in mainstream languages, can greatly benefit from learning the idioms and style of this elegant language. The next time we sit down to crank out some code in just about any language, we can make use of some of those styles, within the confines of the languages, and move towards a better, functional style.

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