Don't you just love writing this sort of thing :)
arnodel at googlemail.com
Sun Dec 7 15:36:18 CET 2008
Lawrence D'Oliveiro <ldo at geek-central.gen.new_zealand> writes:
> In message <m24p1h8vx5.fsf at googlemail.com>, Arnaud Delobelle wrote:
>> * you seem to disregard the fact that in 'programming language' there
>> is the word 'language'. A language is a way to _communicate_
>> information, in the case of a programming language you communicate
>> it to the computer but also to other human beings.
> It was Niklaus Wirth, I think who pointed out that programming languages are
> not properly "languages" but are actually "notations". Like mathematics is
> a notation.
I suppose anyone could call them what they want. The fact is that they
are languages with grammars. Anyway, replace 'language' with 'notation'
in my point and it is still meaningful.
> And mathematics, too, is a predominantly functional, not a procedural,
Well, mathematics is seldom concerned with procedures, that's true. But
mathematics is more preoccupied with relations than functions.
> Could that be why so many people are frightened of functional
> constructs, like my code example and things like lambdas? Because they
> look too much like mathematics?
I don't think that people have been frightened by it. They don't think
it's expressed elegantly as Python is designed to be used as an
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