LinuxWorld: Programming a functional future - Functional computing languages on the rise
Nov 28, 2000, 20:39 (7 Talkback[s])
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"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."