PEP 312 - Making lambdas implicit worries me, surely it's just the name 'lambda' that is bad...
Erik Max Francis
max at alcyone.com
Mon Mar 3 12:22:44 CET 2003
Stephen Horne wrote:
> A major problem with 'lambda' is simply that it is an obscure name.
I don't agree. The term "lambda" is well-recognized throughout the
computer science community as a construct which introduces an anonymous
Is the term "lambda" recognizable to a random guy in the street? I'm
quite sure it isn't. But programming can't be made trivial to
non-programmers simply by giving things trivial names, just as
mathematics can't be made simple simply by using common terms instead of
all those technical terms; I'm reminded here of Mathematics in the
Myself, I'm not much interested in what the average non-programmer
things about programming terminology. Even for those involved with
teaching, there's got to be a tradeoff: The learned has to understand
upfront that everything can't be instantly understandable without some
manner of investment. If you're new to programming and you're learning
a language and you bump into a "lambda," one would hope you'd have the
actual energy and willpower to look it up.
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