[Haskell-cafe] Is Excel the most used -- and fucntional --
programming lanuage on Earth?
lennart at augustsson.net
Tue Jan 30 17:20:14 EST 2007
Excel is what I like to call a 0:th order functional language,
i.e., you can't even define functions, just values. :)
On Jan 30, 2007, at 21:58 , Neil Mitchell wrote:
> Hi Alexy,
>> Heard that statement recently -- that Excel is a functional
>> programming language, and the most used one -- of any programming
>> languages -- on Earth! Is it true? Are there good examples of
>> typical FP style in Excel?
> You can't define functions in Excel, hence its not really a functional
> language. I'd go as far as saying its an expression-based programming
> language, but that's it. It also has mutable state (if you use
> circular references) so its not pure.
> That said, the quote almost certainly comes from this paper (in the
> title): http://research.microsoft.com/~simonpj/Papers/excel/index.htm
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