Have you ever heard of a functional language like Haskell? If not, you have missed one innovative language, which is on hype nowadays.
How can a beginner learn it? And the most critical question is why do you need to choose Haskell among so many programming languages? Is it worth coming up with Haskell, and could it be the one language that will not be so difficult to understand and to find a good job?
Haskell computer language is on the list of the most promising functional languages. With the development of DLT and blockchain technologies, as part of the Web 3.0 trend, it’s becoming more popular and from the arsenal of computer geeks moving to the necessity for the majority.
To gain the initial information about Haskell, I recommend visiting haskell.org, the leading website providing guidelines, manuals, and hints for learning this language.
If you are looking for short and clear instructions to polish your knowledge, you definitely need to go to this Haskell blog; there are many advanced posts for Haskellers with the necessary detailed information. And among them is this recently updated post for the junior Haskell developers.
What are functional programming languages?
Suppose you have never heard of something like functional programming (FP). In that case, this is a type of programming based on pure functions, and Haskell is one of the examples of the FP languages together with Rust, Nix, Agda, and several more. Instead of working with artificial structures, like objects in OOP, in FP, you use mathematical algorithms to solve the particular problem. And to implement this solution in the programming code, you simply need to add the language syntax.
One of the well-known mathematicians H. Brooks devoted his whole life to working with combinatorial logic, which was the basement for functional programming.
Who can study Haskell?
Haskell is not very complicated for people with fundamental knowledge of mathematics. It can even be taken as the first programming language as its syntax is relatively simple.
The discussions about sophisticated approaches in functional programming are mainly based on the fact that the FP paradigm is different from the methods to code in object-oriented programming. And even for them learning Haskell can be very useful to understand better the functionality and opportunities of other languages.
Functional programming is suitable for developers and software engineers who care about the scalability and maintainability of the project code and wish to have a safe and winning system.
For example, here are a few large companies that use Haskell: Facebook, Twitter, NVIDIA, Microsoft, IBM, etc.
Are you ready to learn Haskell?
Do not hesitate. Just do your first step. Haskell has a great community of lovers ready to support you with tips and answer your questions. If you want to learn this language and try to delve deeper into it as a beginner, start with the book “Learn You a Haskell for Great Good!”, my favorite source for study and joy, written with a great sense of humor by Miran Lipovaca.