Mike Schaeffer's Blog

Articles with tag: python
April 26, 2024

Over the last few months, I've started making an attempt (with the help of my patient coworkers) to more intentionally learn the programming language Haskell. I have professional reasons why this is directly important, but it's also been a good way to challenge some long held assumptions. Being purely functional and lazily evaluated, Haskell lacks traits like implicitly sequenced evaluation, forcing its reconstruction where needed. Sequence is among the first concepts taught in programming, and it can be disconcerting to have to consider it explicitly. Despite my good intentions and years of experience with functional programming (mainly in various Lisps), the Haskell learning curve has presented challenges. It has been a rewarding journey with a number of connections to other parts of software design. I hope to share some of that here, and hopefully draw some connections that will make it easier to approach this content whether you use Haskell or not.