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Subject:   Haskell
Date:   2003-05-13 23:38:01
From:   anonymous2
Response to: Haskell

Cynical thought. What's funny is when COBOL first came out it advertised largely the same benefits. Quoting from Haskell.org:

* Substantially increased programmer productivity (Ericsson measured an improvement factor of between 9 and 25 in one set of experiments on telephony software).
* Shorter, clearer, and more maintainable code.
Fewer errors, higher reliability.
* A smaller "semantic gap" between the programmer and the language.
* Shorter lead times.

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    2003-05-14 10:19:08  anonymous2 [View]

    That's dumb. Yes, COBOL advertised those benefits, but, WITHIN ITS INTENDED DOMAIN (fixed-structure record-processing) there're very few languages that can touch it. COBOL is very good at what it's designed to do; the fact that it's original purpose is largely obsolete doesn't translate their claims into a counterargument against Haskell (or anything else for that matter).