from hell to paradise ; ; ; was: [plt-scheme] Prereqs for robotic programming

From: Grant Rettke (grettke at
Date: Tue Feb 17 13:30:54 EST 2009

On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 9:44 AM, Matthias Felleisen
<matthias at> wrote:
> FP has failed to reach out and demonstrate concretely to such people "how _it_ works and is superior to what they have."

Is that one of the duties of your academic career? Personal philosophy?

The most popular programming trends today encourage acceptance without
question and utilization without understanding fueled mostly by highly
charismatic individuals and/or big corporations. The motto "Thinking
is not required" sums it up.

Compared to the mainstream; there is little material that shows why
"FP is so great"; but the material, and more importantly the people,
are out there; it just requires a highly motivated individual to take
the effort to find out why.

That individual is likely to be a fractional percentage of the overall
community. *That* is the problem.

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