[Haskell-cafe] I Need a Better Functional Language!

Paul R paul.r.ml at gmail.com
Thu Apr 5 18:17:45 CEST 2012

Grigory> So now I wonder, what are the languages that are functional in
Grigory> the sense above? With a reasonable syntax and semantics, thus
Grigory> no assembler. I guess Lisp might be of this kind, but I'm not
Grigory> sure. In addition, I'm not a fan of parentheses. What else?
Grigory> Pure? Mathematica? Maxima?

Indeed you want a *different* programming language. But it won't be
*better*, just different. Indeed, as soon as your program react to the
implementation of its functions, you will be in a land where you lose
a fundamental abstraction, so you won't be able to change implementation
anymore whithout changing callers as well.

I am curious what are interesting use-cases for that ? Symbolic
analysis ? self-compilers ?


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