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Re: Functional programming?

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  • Subject: [mg91949] Re: [mg91945] Functional programming?
  • From: "peter lindsay" <pl.0 at me.com>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 03:38:29 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <200809130957.FAA03536@smc.vnet.net>

as an old-timer myself - I'd be very interested in this too,
particularly - as you say - with reference to engineering problems.
I'm afraid my favorite construct was the REPEAT - UNTIL loop, which
should finally ruin any shreds of credibility that I may once have
had...
Peter

2008/9/13 AES <siegman at stanford.edu>:
> 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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