Of what use is 'lambda'???

jurgen.defurne at philips.com jurgen.defurne at philips.com
Wed Sep 27 10:23:42 CEST 2000

It would be possible, if you can read the state from the telco switch,
instead of keeping a model of your switch in memory. If the language
really forces you to do that, then you need to think deeper about the
hardware. In this case you need to build a switch with an input (for switching)
and an output (to report its state back to the program).



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In article <slrn8susbe.au.ssthapa at localhost.localdomain>, Suchandra Thapa wrote:
>Kragen Sitaker <kragen at dnaco.net> wrote:
>>- functional programmers are a bunch of academics who think up
>>  impractical ideas like garbage collection, arbitrary-precision
>>  numbers, massively parallel computers, and programming languages that
>>  compile into hardware designs, while procedural programmers get real
>>  work done, with a schedule and a budget to overrun.  Real work like
>>  payroll.
>    That's not quite true since Ericcson uses their functional language
>Erlang to write software for their telecom gear and other mission critical

They must be some non-functional parts of the language.  If
none of the functions have side-effects, then there's no way to
change the state of a telco switch for example.  A telco switch
that can't change state isn't too useful.

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