map/filter/reduce/lambda opinions and background unscientific mini-survey
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Tue Jul 5 20:25:34 CEST 2005
mcherm at gmail.com wrote:
> concept quickly familiar. But "lambda" has a very clear meaning... it's
> a letter of the greek alphabet. The connection between that letter and
> anonymous functions is tenuous at best, and fails the test of making
> Python read like "executable pseudocode".
But 'lambda' does have a very clear meaning in the realm of functional
programming, and it means precisely (mostly) what it means in Python: an
It might not be the -best- possible name, but anyone who's had a
computer science education should have had a class that introduced basic
functional programming topics (even if only for academic interest), and
so they should be familiar with the keyword name.
If not, then it's just a magic word. Kind of like 'def'.
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