My first post and introduction

Posted on February 28, 2021 by Suguivy

I will start my first post talking my adventures in the computing world and what I will post here.

My adventures

I have been always interested in computers and computer science, and that field is one of my main motivations in my life.

How I started

I started to programming at 18 years old, when I could have my first decent computer, and started to make small videogames with Lua and Love2D.

One year after I have started to open more in this world, programming in C and C++ and programming other type of things.

Later I read more than a half of the SICP book. Is a fantastic book with which I learned a lot of fantastic stuff like:

  • Functional programming.
  • Scheme, a lisp dialect and a beautiful language.
  • Recursivity and iterativity.

Moving towards Haskell and functional programming

Months after that, I became interested in Haskell. It impressed me because is a language with a beautiful syntax and very expressive. Here an example of the quicksort algorithm:

quicksort :: Ord a => [a] -> [a]
quicksort []     = []
quicksort (p:xs) = (quicksort lesser) ++ [p] ++ (quicksort greater)
    where
        lesser  = filter (< p) xs
        greater = filter (>= p) xs

I started to learn it slowly, and nowadays I’m still learning some things, and using it for my projects.

Meeting Rust and Python

While I was learning Haskell, two languages caught my attention: Rust and Python.

Rust is a systems programming language (like C and C++), but with lots of nice things, and it has not the flaws that the other two have.

It called my attention because it has many things in common with Haskell, like the match statement and the enums, that are very similar to Haskell’s data.

I started to learn it but I got bored. In that days was having a difficult time, I had little motivation, but Python caught my attention because it is a language in which you can program quickly a lot of things. And, to be honest, it is a really easy language to learn.

Nowadays I returned to Haskell and I can program in it with enough ease.

What I will post

I will post any thing that goes through my head, manly programming posts, and many of them using my loved one Haskell.

I also thought about doing chapters or series of posts about things like Implementing a Lisp, or Tasting Haskell and functional programming for newbies.

Also I think I won’t post too often, because making a post takes time, and I’m not a fan of writing, and also I’m involved in some projects and in my college degree.