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Clojure has virtually zero syntax. What I mean by that is that all structures look the same: the first item in a list is the function and the rest are the arguments. This is true for variable assignment, if statements, data structures and functions themselves.
(+ 1 2) (defn greet [name] (str "Hello " name)) (def user-count 334)
However, before you can do anything useful in Haskell, you must learn all kinds of crazy syntax: function definitions, pattern matching, do forms, functors, monads, typeclasses, …
(*) <$> Just 2 <*> Just 8 Nothing >>= \x -> return (x*10) instance Applicative Maybe where pure = Just Nothing <*> _ = Nothing (Just f) <*> something = fmap f something
This is why I find Haskell extremely hard to learn. It’s not because of monads, recursion or functional programming concepts. It’s because of the huge amount of special syntax. And you need to learn a lot of it before you can do something useful.
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