Now, Simon got the award for his (fantastic) research and for his impact on CS education in the UK, but everyone in all of computer science should set aside a couple of hours this weekend to watch his talks on "How to Give a Good Research Talk" and "How to Write a Great Research Paper." Go ahead, I'll wait.
Also, Simon's home page is here:
These comments are unfortunate. These two individuals, in no means represent the entire community. But such people are toxic for an otherwise great bunch of people like SPJ, Phil Wadler and other folks.
Please also note that 10 years ago flames like that were an art form and no one took them seriously. I'm pretty sure Rob Pike wouldn't.
I don't see why everyone who (probably) has been on the web back then and earlier should be sent to a virtual reeducation camp. Either ignore it or laugh about it.
I find he is an outlier in the FP community, though.
Learn yourself a Haskell was a great book. Many friends/colleagues picked up Haskell with that book and were really happy with it. @bitemyapp 's book may be better (I don't know, I didn't read it), but he seems to try to bash LYAH at nearly every possible occasion.
I think this is undeserved and perhaps toxic (especially coming from someone who wrote a competing work).
He started writing a competing work several years after starting to "bash" LYAH. One of the reasons he started writing his own book is exactly because he doesn't think LYAH is particularly good.
Can you please tell whom are you referring to here with the term "the mister Rogers"?
Also, I didn't know that politely asking for clarification is a valid reason for downvotes on HN.
And don't forget, the superior way to project confidence  in your 'precious'.
After understanding the paper well enough to implement it from scratch (without any further literature), I have to say, albeit some 25 years late, how impressed I am by both his research and his ability to convey it. If you're interested in understanding how Haskell evaluation is done, I cannot recommend the paper enough.
Anyway he was a nice guy.
His work on Computing at School, in particular his ICFP 2013 keynote, continues to be incredibly inspiring to me. Aside from his wonderful technical prowess.
I went to a conference in Portugal a number of years ago, and met him at the dinner for the speakers. He was super humble, and quite interested in my own very practical experience as a consultant/contractor and what kinds of problems I faced.
I came away deeply impressed not only by how bright he is, but what a good person too.