Bill Bumgarner email@example.com writes:
When I originally had lambda calculus thoroughly pounded into my head w/the anonymous clue-by-four, it didn't really click until someone said 'lambda functions are just anonymous functions'.
Right. So why the heck are they called 'lambda'? Merely to make the less clueful CS students feel even more lost than they otherwise might?
'anon' sounds like a great name -- unlikely to be used, shorter than 'lambda', and a heck of lot more indicative as to what is going on.
'anon' does not sound that great to me. Anon what? There is lots of anonymous stuff. Arc is going for 'fn'. I would vote for 'sub' :)
Regards, Gisle @ ActiveState.com