Re: Functional programming? (RPN -v- Algebraic)

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg92107] Re: Functional programming? (RPN -v- Algebraic)*From*: AES <siegman at stanford.edu>*Date*: Sat, 20 Sep 2008 04:59:00 -0400 (EDT)*Organization*: Stanford University

An hour or so ago I submitted a post with closing paragraph: Which is why, in that situation, I fire up Mathematica in the laptop rather than reaching for the calculator, and start writing functional rather than procedural code. (I trust you all appreciate the double entendre here: functional programming is the functional way to solve problems and get answers). which obviously should have read: Which is why, in that situation, I fire up Mathematica in the laptop rather than reaching for the calculator, and start writing PROCEDURAL rather than FUNCTIONAL code. (I trust you all appreciate the double entendre here: PROCEDURAL programming is the FUNCTIONAL way to solve problems and get answers). Apologies for the confusion (whether you agree with the conclusion or not). I shouldn't try to hastily catch up on newsgroup reading the morning after a 24-hour airline mal-adventure, while still only half functional myself.