[bitc-dev] White space
wren ng thornton
wren at freegeek.org
Mon Aug 9 22:05:23 PDT 2010
Ben Kloosterman wrote:
> Disclosure My functional experience is limited to Lisp and Ocaml and the
> learning curve was steep...and hence my comments :-)
You should try Haskell. The learning curve is certainly steep, but the
results and the rewards are much nicer.
> >Often, succinctness breeds legibility. By reducing syntactic overhead,
> >readers can focus on the real content of the code.
> In C like languages this is the case but in functional languages the symbols
> are key to the logic eg Ocaml
> map and match are ok but
> :: , --> , and |> etc are key to the logic and don't read easily or
With how ubiquitous lists are in functional languages, I'd think that
(a::b::c::zs) is preferable to (Cons a (Cons b (Cons c zs))). Are you
suggesting we say (Pair x y) instead of (x,y) ?
Certainly people will differ in where they draw the line between nice
and succinct vs line noise. But I don't think that eschewing symbolic
function names is really the solution. That way lies LISP. While the
Lispers and Schemers will defend s-expressions to their death, that has
been and continues to be one of the major impediments for people
adopting languages in that tradition.
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