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

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  • 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.


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