Don't you just love writing this sort of thing :)

Stefan Behnel stefan_ml at
Sun Dec 7 08:51:11 CET 2008

Lawrence D'Oliveiro wrote:
> In message <m24p1h8vx5.fsf at>, 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.
> And mathematics, too, is a predominantly functional, not a procedural,
> notation. 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?

That's not the impression I got from reading this thread.


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