- To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net
- Subject: [mg91945] Functional programming?
- From: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>
- Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 05:57:44 -0400 (EDT)
- Organization: Stanford University
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.