Iterative vs. Recursive coding

Steven D'Aprano steve at REMOVE-THIS-cybersource.com.au
Sat Aug 21 10:31:25 CEST 2010


On Fri, 20 Aug 2010 17:23:23 +0200, Bruno Desthuilliers wrote:

> Steven D'Aprano a écrit :
>> On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 22:00:16 +0000, Martin Gregorie wrote:
>> 
>>> Recursion can be quite a trick to get your mind round at first
>> 
>> Really? Do people actually find the *concept* of recursion to be
>> tricky?
>>
>>
> I onced worked in a shop (Win32 desktop / accouting applications mainly)
> where I was the only guy that could actually understand recursion. FWIW,
> I also was the only guy around that understood "hairy" (lol) concepts
> like callback functions, FSM, 

FSM? Flying Spaghetti Monster?


> polymorphism, hashtables, linked lists,
> ADTs, algorithm complexity etc...


Was there anything they *did* understand, or did they just bang on the 
keyboard at random until the code compiled? *wink*


> Needless to say, I didn't last long !-)

And rightly so :)




-- 
Steven



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