aahz at netcom.com
Wed Feb 23 18:05:34 CET 2000
In article <Pine.GSO.4.10.10002230843360.689-100000 at sundial>,
Moshe Zadka <mzadka at geocities.com> wrote:
>On 22 Feb 2000, Aahz Maruch wrote:
>>>Functional programming has a very clear definition: no side
>>>effects. Iterating explicitly means "with side effects." I'm not saying
>>>one style is better then the other, but you *can't* program functionally
>>>in Python. I had to get over it, and learn to write fibonaci with a while
>>>loop, when I first got to Python.
>> <blink><blink> What do you call this:
>> def fib(x):
>> if x != int(x):
>> raise "Must use an integer"
>> if x < 0:
>> raise "Must be > 0"
>> if x == 0 or x == 1:
>> return 1L
>> return fib(x-1) + fib(x-2)
>Um.....the most inefficienct version of fibonacci I've ever seen?
Well, sure, but it meets your definition of functional programming. You
claimed that functional programming is impossible in Python; I've
provided a counter-example. Do you now retract your claim?
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