Why is Haskell so hard to learn? (and how to deal with it)

schedule Nov 16th 02:00 - 02:45 PM place Ball Room 2 people 60 Interested

Haskell is notoriously hard to learn. I have struggled with the learning curve. I have seen others struggle with it. And I have seen developers struggling to wield the language effectively even after months of learning.

We'll talk about five things that give Haskell this (understandably) bad rep, and how to effectively deal with them during your learning phase.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Talk

  • Few concepts where Haskell is fundamentally very different from other popular languages
  • Shortcomings of the core language
  • Curse of the Monads (and no, this will not be another monad tutorial)
  • Libraries and documentation
  • Not knowing how to use the type-system effectively

Learning Outcome

You will learn a bunch of tips & trips on how to effectively navigate the Haskell landscape, i.e. what parts of to focus on, what not to bother with (at least till intermediate level).

And, for a brief period of time, you will not feel so bad about struggling with Haskell :-)

Target Audience

Beginners

Prerequisites for Attendees

Just curiosity about Haskell is good enough.

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