[Haskell-cafe] Lambda and closures in PHP -- could someone please comment?

PR Stanley prstanley at ntlworld.com
Wed Jun 18 10:40:06 EDT 2008

>It seems to me that if a PHP developer sees the Haskell community as 
>a resource for advice on programming language implementation, we 
>should take this as a compliment to the Haskell community.  Repaying 
>that compliment with "your language sucks rocks"

>  strikes me as unwise.
>I'm familiar with a lot of arguments for why PHP is a 
>poorly-designed language, and have found them sufficiently 
>persuasive that I haven't bothered to learn PHP.  But I don't see 
>any point to repeating those arguments on this list.

         Paul: So, you've never bothered to learn PHP. Well, I happen 
to know the language very well and therefore feel I am in a good 
position to express my views about it. Unlike you, I don't base my 
judgment on rumours and hearsay. It is true that PHP fails to capture 
the spirit of the classical concept of a function. Type checking in 
PHP is equally poor. These are not just my opinions. Are we not to 
say anything critical about a programming language even if it happens 
to be substantively relevant  lestwe should offend someone? God, if 
you want to stick up for your mates here at least come up with  a 
convincing cover.

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