# Functional programming in Python

**Marcin 'Qrczak' Kowalczyk
**
qrczak@knm.org.pl

*28 May 2001 16:13:47 GMT*

Mon, 28 May 2001 10:23:58 +0100, Malcolm Wallace <Malcolm.Wallace@cs.york.ac.uk> pisze:
>* It seems that right-associativity is so intuitive that even the
*>* person proposing it doesn't get it right. :-)
*
And even those who correct them :-)
>>* f x (foldr1 f xs) f x foldr1 f xs
*>*
*>* Wouldn't the rhs actually mean f x (foldr1 (f xs)) in current notation?
*
No: f (x (foldr1 (f xs)))
Basically Haskell's style uses curried functions, so it's essential
to be able to apply a function to multiple parameters without a number
of nested parentheses.
BTW, before I knew Haskell I exprimented with a syntax in which 'x f'
is the application of 'f' to 'x', and 'x f g' means '(x f) g'. Other
arguments can also be on the right, but in this case with parentheses,
e.g. 'x f (y)' is a function f applied to two arguments.
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