Why functional Python matters

Tj tj_scarlet at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 24 03:03:40 CEST 2003

Hmm, must be sleepy because I could have sworn that you wrote that you
asked him this question, not Tom Christiansen.


tj_scarlet at yahoo.com (Tj) wrote in message news:<ccc7084.0304231430.6b81effb at posting.google.com>...
> mjd at plover.com (Mark Jason Dominus) wrote in message news:<b86lc3$tnd$1 at plover.com>...
> > I don't believe that's correct.  At an early Open Source Conference,
> > perhaps around 1998 or so, I was present at a conversation between
> > Guido and Tom Christiansen.  Tom asked Guido why Python didn't have
> > closures, and Guido's reply (and I think this is an exact quote) was
> > "Closures aren't important."
> > 
> > I remember it because I was so astonished by the obtuseness of the answer.
> Well, it seems the burden of proof is on you.  Please explain the
> usability advantages of closures vs. Python's current scope system.

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