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General Development "You often hear about how important it is to write 'readable code'. Developers have pretty strong opinions about what makes code more readable. The more senior the developer, the stronger the opinion. But, have you ever stopped to think about what really makes code readable?"
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RE[2]: Not sure I agree
by Neolander on Thu 18th Apr 2013 06:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Not sure I agree"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

Out of all the details you had to pick, you picked that one as pointless syntactic fluff?

Don't say that around Python programmers or users of various functional languages unless you want to get into a big argument.

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind ;) Been meaning to try functional programming for some time now, but never truly got around it at this point.

From afar, it always seems to be a mathematician-oriented way of coding, just like Labview's graphical dataflow programming feels like something designed by and for electronics engineers.

Edited 2013-04-18 06:02 UTC

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RE[3]: Not sure I agree
by Kochise on Thu 18th Apr 2013 06:29 in reply to "RE[2]: Not sure I agree"
Kochise Member since:
2006-03-03

Try Erlang, never return back : functionnal as Lisp, close to the bare metal as C is (thanks to the <<binary>> format)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrIjfIjssLE
http://learnyousomeerlang.com/
http://www.tryerlang.org/

Kochise

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RE[4]: Not sure I agree
by Neolander on Fri 19th Apr 2013 09:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Not sure I agree"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

So, I have tried the "Try Erlang" interactive shell's tutorials, then gotten into Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good, but at this point the language just seems too random for me.

While I like some core concepts like atoms, list comprehensions, or the message-passing concurrency model, what strikes me as annoying is the design of the language itself, such as the silent conversion of lists to strings, the brainf--k-like operator syntax, or the way comparisons of atoms with integers result in random results rather than exceptions.

Perhaps I'll try Erlang again if I need to at some point, but for now I'm rather going to look for a "cleaner" language to try out functional programming. Perhaps a Lisp dialect or Haskell can do the trick, since many people around here seem to like these.

Edited 2013-04-19 09:56 UTC

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