Of what use is 'lambda'???

Erik Max Francis max at alcyone.com
Mon Sep 25 04:47:52 CEST 2000


Jonadab the Unsightly One wrote:

> That's true in C and Inform, but I think both are traditionally
> regarded as procedural.

One can certainly declare "procedures" in C that do not return anything
(declare a function as returning void), so that's not true of C.

> Is the difference that the returned
> value is always significant?  Or is there more?

It's that everything is done by returning values.  Functional languages
don't employ side effects to get things done.

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