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Functional programming?


I suggest it might be instructive if some of the functional programming 
proponents on this group could provide us DO-looping old timers with a 
brief summary or tutorial as to what is really meant by, or involved in, 
"functional programming"? 

--- especially as this concept might relate to building programs to do 
calculations involving multi-stage real-world engineering or technical 
problems 

--- and especially as it might relate to programs that are going to be 
developed in an evolutionary process and that in the end, rather than 
being built into some long-term library, are maybe only going to be run 
or executed a few times before the person involved (e.g., an engineer, 
or scientist, or other real-world individual, not a "programmer") moves 
on to some other totally different task or assignment.


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