Should Pure Functions Require &

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg29723] Should Pure Functions Require &*From*: "Ersek, Ted R" <ErsekTR at navair.navy.mil>*Date*: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 18:43:41 -0400 (EDT)*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

I stated wondering if all would work well if pure functions didn't require & at the end. I am thinking it would be great if a future version of Mathematica would make the use of & optional. So for example we could use Select[data, #!=0] instead of Select[data, #!=0&] and we could use #^2 /@expr instead of #^2& /@expr I would want to have pure functions ending with & optional rather than prohibited for backward compatibility. Wouldn't life be better if we didn't have to use &. Is there a reason why my suggestion would not work? Regards, Ted Ersek Download Mathematica tips, tricks from http://www.verbeia.com/mathematica/tips/Tricks.html