[Haskell-cafe] Lambda abstraction analogous to imperative pseudo-code?

Robert Dockins robdockins at fastmail.fm
Sat Jun 10 17:02:39 EDT 2006

On Saturday 10 June 2006 04:35 pm, Clifford Beshers wrote:
> The Wikipedia article on lambda abstractions
> (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambda_abstraction) has a statement that
> does not resonate with me:
>     A lambda abstraction is to a functional programming
>     <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Functional_programming> language such
>     as Scheme <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheme_programming_language>
>     what pseudo-code <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudo-code> is to an
>     imperative programming
>     <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperative_programming> language.
> Does anyone else find this to be a peculiar statement?  If you think it
> is accurate, could you provide an alternate explanation and/or example
> to the one in the article?

I agree; The article is questionable at best.  I've never seen the term 
"lambda abstraction" used in the way it is in the article.  I'd go so far as 
to say it's downright wrong.

This one is much better:


Rob Dockins

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