[Haskell-cafe] Re: Channel9 Interview: Software Composability and theFu ture of Languages

Neil Bartlett neil at integility.com
Thu Feb 1 05:53:58 EST 2007

> The question is --- how would an expert describe such a process? Would a
> professional chef give instructions in the functional or imperative
> style?

I think a sufficiently expert chef would not even need the functional
style. Everything would be declarative.

Dave Thomas (of "Pragmatic Programmers" fame) tells of finding his late
grandmother's recipe cards, which she accumulated over her entire life. He
was able to track their evolution from an extremely pedantic, imperative
style, through to the almost Zen-like cards that read:

"Spice cake: like chocolate cake. No chocolate, add spice".

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