Linked by Alexandru Lazar on Mon 5th Jan 2009 19:13 UTC
General Development In the age of dynamic languages and closures, most of you have probably heard of a mighty dragon called Lisp (which stands for LISt Processing), whose fans look almost with despise at other languages rediscovering it. Invented half a century ago, Lisp went on to become a de facto standard in the world of AI research, and has stood behind a handful of very neat inventions in the 1980s. Nevertheless, the long AI winter and the drift of technology towards other paradigms have almost lead to forgetting Lisp alltogether; IT has only recently started to rediscover parts of what made Lisp so cool back then.
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One of the "friends" is F#. In the .net world, F# is a first class citizen, and can interop with C# assemblies with little effort and no penalty. The idea is that OO does not deal with certain kinds of problems well, while other paradigms deal with them beautifully. Functional languages are phenomenal for recursion, and can function in a parallel manner gracefully, both things that are very ugly in OO languages.

I would argue that the IT industry is very interested in functional (and dynamic) languages, are are just trying to find the best way to use them right now. I haven't been in the Java world for about 7 years now, but in the .net world functional languages are getting a lot of buzz.

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