I should probably point out that Haskell is still a good language to learn. Especially if you're at all practically minded and want something mature with at least some libraries for most common problems (though not s rich as Node.js or python). It's just maybe not the best one to start with.

Thank you! Elm as a gateway is a concept that I've already came across, interesting! It's also quite practical :D

The problem with Elm is the incredible religious community towards the maintainer (you are pretty much at the mercy of them) and that they had to rename everything from the already established names in the FP community, which will just confuse you when you switch away from Elm.

If you want to do Frontend Dev with FP and what to get a gateway drug, I'd try PureScript.

The problem with Elm is the incredible religious community towards the maintainer

I've heard about this in the past but a lot of languages with BDFLs have detractors :D

If you want to do Frontend Dev with FP and what to get a gateway drug, I'd try PureScript.

Ahah I'll consider it, thanks!

While I agree with the notion that renaming existing concepts is a bit problematic (I've already criticized the name "custom type" to indicate sum / enum types), and that mods and vocal community members can be rather zealous, I do believe Evan himself is generally rather thoughtful and the BDFL model does have its own set of advantages, such as allowing for unpopular decisions that will eventually benefit the language.

Elm is OSS, however, so you can pretty much fork it and roll your own if you were so inclined. People have done so in the past.

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