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Re: Types in Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg62218] Re: Types in Mathematica
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 02:28:21 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <> <> <dl8s4g$n41$> <dl980q$r2a$> <> <dlc96b$m81$>
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I agree with Andrzej that that the hybrid nature of the Mathematica 
language is a great strength. It offers programmers (not all of whom are 
expert with Mathematica) a fall-back way to implement operations that 
they can't see how to do in a functional way. Often the loss of 
efficiency is not relevant in their application.

Furthermore, when you use a language that follow a single paradigm (e.g. 
Java) there are always ideas that don't fit the paradigm and end up 
being implemented in a clumsy, confusing way - e.g. Java event 
processing (IMHO).

David Bailey

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