XSLT, Perl, Haskell, & a word on language design
Eray Ozkural (exa)
Sat, 9 Feb 2002 06:00:39 +0200
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On Tuesday 05 February 2002 12:29, Dimitre Novatchev wrote:
> > So, there are actually people who seriously take XSLT to be a
> > programming language? Interesting, as I think it is just overdoing an
> > already overdone
> > concept (hint: it's a poor ascii tree).
> Yes, there are such people. Actually, all the examples from John
> Hughes' article "Why functional programming matters" can be implemented
> in XSLT 1.0, as shown in the recently published article:
> "The Functional Programming Language XSLT" at
It's nice to know about the computational power and expressive capabilities
of a formal system ;) On the other hand, the examples in the article did not
strike me as programs written in a programming language. They seemed to me
more like an inefficient way of describing some programs. It is of course a
proof of concept type of argument in the paper I assume.
I think I can implement some functional concepts using templates in C++, but
would that pass as a functional programming language?
Besides, I thought two of the primary design goals for a programming language
were readability and writability. In my opinion, XSLT lacks at least those
two due to its XML syntax.
Eray Ozkural (exa) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Comp. Sci. Dept., Bilkent University, Ankara
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