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Re: Re: Function, Command, Operator, Object...etc.

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  • Subject: [mg61425] Re: [mg61422] Re: [mg61350] Function, Command, Operator, Object...etc.
  • From: Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at mimuw.edu.pl>
  • Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 02:16:04 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <200510160418.AAA22613@smc.vnet.net> <200510180645.CAA11327@smc.vnet.net>
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It certainly is.


FullForm[x_]


Pattern[x,Blank[]]


However, there is one thing here that is a bit strange. This:

In[14]:=
FullForm[_]

Out[14]//FullForm=
Blank[]


has head Blank but is in fact a pattern. But still, it certainly is  
an expression. There only things that are not expressions are special  
constructs such as  !!filename  (show file) and a few others.

Andrzej Kozlowski





On 18 Oct 2005, at 15:45, Chris Chiasson wrote:

> Maybe I am wrong, but pretty much every expression has a head and zero
> or more slots. That's it.
>
> I wonder if a pattern is an expression...
>
> On 10/16/05, Steven T. Hatton <hattons at globalsymmetry.com> wrote:
>
>> Section 2.1.2 of The Mathematica Book for 5.2 discusses different  
>> ways to
>> interpret parts of expressions.  The examples given are "Function,  
>> Command,
>> Operator, Head and Object type."  Do these terms have any meaning  
>> within
>> the Mathematica language, or are these purely conceptual ideas  
>> intended to
>> aid the user in understanding the language?  Are these terms given  
>> formal
>> definitions as regards their meaning when used to discuss  
>> Mathematica?  If
>> so, where might I find these definitions?
>> --
>> "Philosophy is written in this grand book, The Universe. ... But  
>> the book
>> cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the  
>> language...
>> in which it is written. It is written in the language of  
>> mathematics, ...;
>> without which wanders about in a dark labyrinth."   The Lion of Gaul
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Chris Chiasson
> http://chrischiasson.com/contact/chris_chiasson
>
>

Andrzej Kozlowski
Tokyo, Japan




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