[Haskell-cafe] [Off-topic] How unimportant it is whether submarines can swim (EWD1056)

Kim-Ee Yeoh ky3 at atamo.com
Tue Oct 30 07:44:26 CET 2012

On Sun, Oct 28, 2012 at 11:29 AM, Rustom Mody <rustompmody at gmail.com> wrote:

> In particular, there is one small notational point that he insisted on
> towards the end of his career (and life) viz. where traditional
> mathematicians write *f(x)  *and functional programmers write *f x*, he
> would write *f.x* , ie he showed apply with a '.'
> In trying to understand his intentions, I wrote the following
> 'thought-dialogue' [as in thought-experiment :-) ]
> http://www.the-magus.in/Publications/ewd.pdf

I didn't read all of it, but near the end when "EWD" made the point about
how function application should be a first-class operator and not mere
whitespace, "Haskeller" missed a golden opportunity to segue into
applicative functors.

-- Kim-Ee
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