On Thursday, Jan 2, 2003, at 22:09 US/Eastern, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
For Py3K, I might suggest "anon" instead of lambda, especially if the construct were expanded to allow statements.
If I weren't reading this list via digests on a 9,600 bps link that is only up three times a day, I would have beat Barry to that suggestion about 10 messages ago... ;-)
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.
I'd just as soon live without the parens and *I* came from a Lisp/Scheme environment when I learned All About the Wonderful World of Lambda.