Entries published on October 11, 2006
If you’re a regular reader of my blog it will be purely remedial reading, but an article I wrote about Django is up at Sitepoint as of this morning.
Go forth and spread the good word.
The functional language that’s right under your nose
Recently I’ve been getting an itch to learn a functional programming language. I’ve made a couple attempts on Lisp over the years, with mixed results; I can write fairly basic Common Lisp, and hack on Emacs a bit, but I’ve never advanced much beyond that. I’d been looking at some of the trendy, popular functional languages (well, popular among certain circles) like Haskell, OCaml and Erlang, when I remembered that I already knew a functional language. In fact, part of the reason why I was hired at my current job was to write in it. And, as I browsed through a discussion of functional languages on reddit, it was literally right under my nose.
Digression: stupid things people say about languages
Programming languages tend to be a bit like religions: people get attached to them, develop unshakable faith in them and are all too willing to wish …