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LinuxWorld: Programming a functional future - Functional computing languages on the rise

Nov 28, 2000, 20:39 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird)

"Computing languages that emphasize the what rather than the how of a sequence of actions are in the minority. But such languages -- known as functional languages -- have bright prospects."

"What problems do functional languages solve? The short answer is this: functional languages address several of the computational challenges that are likely to matter most over the next decade:

  • How to program distributed systems
  • How to implement reliable systems
  • How to improve developer productivity
  • How to enhance the manageability of computing operations"

"Functionalism isn't the only way to attack these challenges. I see it as the surest, though."

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