Let's Talk About Lambda Functions!

Duncan Booth duncan at NOSPAMrcp.co.uk
Wed Aug 21 10:41:52 CEST 2002

David Eppstein <eppstein at ics.uci.edu> wrote in
news:eppstein-795FC4.15293720082002 at news.service.uci.edu: 

> In article <mailman.1029879659.22889.python-list at python.org>,
>  Cliff Wells <LogiplexSoftware at earthlink.net> wrote:
>> On Tue, 2002-08-20 at 05:27, Emile van Sebille wrote:
>> > Duncan Booth
>> > > I guess these two posts together must be talking about vorpal
>> > > lambdas. 
>> > How
>> > > appropriate and Pythonic.
>> > 
>> > 
>> > A little help here... vorpal?
>> > 
>> Vorpal - keen or sharp. From the poem "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll.
> Yes, but in this context referring to the vorpal bunny in Monty Python
> and the Holy Grail.

Although strangely my Google search to find a good reference URL to quote 
turned up lots of disagreements over whether or not the film ever actually 
referred to the rabbit as a vorpal bunny (I guess that as with the vorpal 
lambda, the vorpal bunny was anonymous).

Anyway, small, cute, fluffy and deadly. That's a lambda alright.

Duncan Booth                                             duncan at rcp.co.uk
int month(char *p){return(124864/((p[0]+p[1]-p[2]&0x1f)+1)%12)["\5\x8\3"
"\6\7\xb\1\x9\xa\2\0\4"];} // Who said my code was obscure?

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