[Haskell-cafe] Is Excel a FP language?
u.stenzel at web.de
Wed Apr 25 19:30:29 EDT 2007
Albert Y. C. Lai wrote:
> I say Excel is a functional language. If there needs to be the quoted
> distinction, fine: Excel the language is a functional language, and
> Excel the application is an interpreter of said language.
Excel has functions, but does it treat functions as it treats other
data? I don't think so, and that makes it non-functional
(dys-functional?). As for VB... that may be functional, in the same
sense as XSLT is: if you step back and squint, it almost looks vaguely
like a functional language.
> (Does the opposition self-consistently distinguish Perl the language
> from perl.exe the interpreter?)
"Only perl can parse Perl." (Yes, they do.)
"Science is like sex - sometimes something useful comes out of it, but
that's not what we are doing it for." -- Richard Feynman
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