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inactiveTopic Popularity of (Functional) Languages
started 8/12/2000; 3:23:58 AM - last post 8/12/2000; 3:23:58 AM
andrew cooke - Popularity of (Functional) Languages  blueArrow
8/12/2000; 3:23:58 AM (reads: 269, responses: 0)
Popularity of (Functional) Languages
An interesting thread on comp.lang.functional - it started with someone asking about the functional aspects of Python (beta release of 1.6 now available), but has grown into a discussion of why functional languages have not become popular (for commercial programming) and how languages become accepted (libraries, familiarity, stability, education, simplicity, interoperability, risk, books... no-one has mentioned syntax, but maybe that is part of "familiarity"). Much of the comparison focuses on OCaml, a variant of ML with OO features.
Posted to "" by andrew cooke on 8/12/00; 3:32:49 AM