Why not use juxtaposition to indicate function application

Robert Kern robert.kern at gmail.com
Fri Mar 16 17:18:57 CET 2012


On 3/16/12 12:45 PM, Ray Song wrote:
> I confess i've indulged in Haskell and found
>      f a
> more readable than
>      f(a)
>
> And why aren't functions curried (partially applied function is another function which takes the rest arguments) by default?

Python isn't a strongly functional language. We just don't do partial function 
application all that frequently to make it a language feature. Leaving out an 
argument is a common enough mistake, though, and using curry-by-default would 
postpone the error and make for even more inscrutable error messages.

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Robert Kern

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  an underlying truth."
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