Why functional Python matters

Thomas Stegen tstegen at cis.strath.ac.uk
Wed Apr 23 04:10:22 CEST 2003


Paul Wallich wrote:
> 
> It's the second. In a strictest-sense functional language, it is 
> impossible to write a whole program that *does* have side effects. 

It would be easy to write such a program though. Without any sideeffects
the preconditions reduces to the postconditions and so the whole program
disappears. :) Now that would be very nice and simple, it might even be
the silver bullet.

-- 
Thomas.
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