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Re: Programming style

  • To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
  • Subject: [mg47607] Re: Programming style
  • From: "Bo Le" <bole79 at email.si>
  • Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2004 04:15:04 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <c5qj4q$fvh$1@smc.vnet.net>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

My short comment is that Functional programming is more abstract, more
complicated, more elegant, more fun and more fundemental then Procedural one.
It follows the intuitiveness of logic. All well and cool, but note that in
the background, the cpu does it procedurally.


What do others think?


Borut, Slovenia


<lorenzo.keegan at handbag.com> wrote in message news:c5qj4q$fvh$1 at smc.vnet.net...
> Hello,
>
> I am an experienced computer programmer having used ADA, C, Visual Basic
> etc. for years.
>
> Recently I bought the book "Mathematica - A Practical Approach", where different
> styles of programming are discussed, namely
> Functional programming versus Procedural programming.
>
> The book seems to suggest that most Scientist and "professional" Mathematica
> users prefer the Functional programming approach.
>
> For years I have been working with the "Procedural" method.
>
> What are your feelings ? Is it worth the effort to learn the Functional
> method ? Does it matter ?
>
> Thanks for your time
>
> Best Wishes
> Laurence Keegan
>


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