Talk:From a newbie

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well, although the page opener hopefully has what s/he came for,... hawiki had pages for newbies! lots! haskellwiki homepage should probably have a link to a "new comer portal".

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so I am going to rework the whole thing sometime. beware. --Pirated Dreams 00:05, 11 January 2007 (UTC)


Good luck

Do you know about the newsgroup comp.lang.haskell?

I've personally found the community to be very helpful. The documentation can be lacking at times, but the IRC channel and mailing list do make up for the gap a lot. Hopefully the many notes and tutorials scattered throughout the web will flesh out and improve over time. In the meantime, I would recommend moving the discussion to a more appropriate medium, like the Haskell Café mailing list.

In any case, best of luck with Haskell. If you eventually find answers to your questions, you could consider paving the way for future newbies by improving the pre-existing tutorials or writing one of your own. Find your niche! -- kowey 00:54, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

The Orchid Speaks

Well, I got noticed anyway. That's something.

I still have quite a number of unanswered questions - but I think we all agree the wiki isn't a great way to deal with these. Where would be the best place to take this discussion to?

MathematicalOrchid 12:31, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

I'd say Haskell Café mailing list for longish discussions, or the IRC channel for more impromptu one-off questions (and general Haskell chat). Enjoy!
Really, we all like Haskell very much, but as you surely understand, when people participate in these discussions, they are either procrastinating, or using their free time. Either way, it's supposed to be fun :-D . What help you get often comes from sheer enthusiasm overriding better judgement [e.g. "I really ought to be writing that thesis instead of looking at IRC"].
So take it easy and don't worry so much about having your questions go unanswered. Maybe it's a bad time (everybody is exercising restraint), and you should try again later. Or maybe people think it'd be easier to do a little Google-fu. If you are lucky and you do spark a discussion, all the better. Like I said, enjoy!
Best, -- kowey 13:36, 11 January 2007 (UTC)