Inaugural meeting of Functional Programming reading group

September 17, 2008

Sept. 16 2008, Bahen 5250.

Six in attendance of nine on the list. Not a bad start.

Abe led a brief discussion of basics of FP for beginners, and suggests we check out Lambda the Ultimate.

We’ll meet again and BA 5250 on Thursday September 25th, 12pm-1pm. The paper to read is John McCarthy’s Recursive Functions of Symbolic Expressions and Their Computation by Machine, Part I.


One Response to “Inaugural meeting of Functional Programming reading group”

  1. Greg Says:

    Almost by definition, an advocate of functional programming believes it is better than imperative programming. Interesting exercise for the reading group might be to look at papers that (a) make this claim explicitly, (b) actually define what they mean by “better” in operationalizable terms, and (c) provide data to back up their claims. The reason I think it’s interesting is that I’d like to see someone design a language with making and proving such claims as a primary goal.

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