Interesting talk on Python vs. Ruby and how he would like Python to have just a bit more syntactic flexibility.

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Sat Feb 20 08:13:36 CET 2010


On Feb 20, 1:28 am, Lawrence D'Oliveiro <l... at geek-
central.gen.new_zealand> wrote:
> In message <87eikjcuzk.... at benfinney.id.au>, Ben Finney wrote:
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> > Lawrence D'Oliveiro <l... at geek-central.gen.new_zealand> writes:
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> >> In message <hlhdsi$2p... at theodyn.ncf.ca>, cjw wrote:
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> >> > Aren't lambda forms better described as function?
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> >> Is this a function?
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> >>     lambda : None
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> >> What about this?
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> >>     lambda : sys.stdout.write("hi there!\n")
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> > They are both lambda forms in Python. As a Python expression, they
> > evaluate to (they “return”) a function object.
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> So there is no distinction between functions and procedures, then?

Not in most modern languages, no.  i think the major places they are
differentiated are in functional languages and in pre-1993ish
languages (give or take a few years), neither of which applies to
Python or Ruby.



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