Help me decide D or C

bachmeier no at
Fri Aug 2 16:13:04 UTC 2019

On Thursday, 1 August 2019 at 22:36:06 UTC, Russel Winder wrote:
> On Thu, 2019-08-01 at 14:49 +0000, bachmeier via 
> Digitalmars-d-learn wrote: […]
>> There's nothing wrong with Haskell if you want to take a deep 
>> dive into pure functional programming. I personally find 
>> Haskell to be more of a religion than a programming language. 
>> You can learn the same perspective from functional-first 
>> languages like Clojure, Scala, Ocaml, and F#.
> […]
> Whilst I agree that most "this is the one true programming 
> language" people are quasi-religious, programming languages are 
> not: Haskell is a just a lazy, pure functional programming 
> language, some adherents show quasi-religious fervour, just as 
> some adherents of C++, Java, C, Go, Rust, D, etc. do.
> I am not sure about F# (I do not know anything of it), but 
> Clojure, Scala, and OCaml are very different from Haskell for 
> various reasons, cf. lazy vs. eager, pure vs. impure. Haskell 
> is a programming language worth learning for all 
> programmers,along with Lisp, Prolog, and Erlang.
> I'll bet (but I have no experimental data, just a hypothesis) 
> that any D programmer that knows Haskell writes better D than a 
> D programmer who doesn't know Haskell.

This is getting somewhat off the topic of this thread, so all 
I'll say is that I agree with the recommendation to learn 
Haskell, but I don't think a beginner would get enough exposure 
to various approaches to programming. I did not personally see 
large benefits from Haskell, but perhaps I should have stuck with 
it longer.

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