Impressions of Mozart-Oz

Ulf Wiger etxuwig@REDACTED
Tue Dec 10 20:52:39 CET 2002

On Tue, 10 Dec 2002, Håkan Millroth wrote:

>(*) This was back in the old days, before stuff like list
>comprehensions, funs, etc, were added to the language. A
>good thing for skilled people but a bad thing for the
>average guy (because he won't understand it).

Actually, I've seen average programmers use lots of funs and
list comprehensions. They will probably tune out if you
start talking about lambdas, but they have no problem
understanding the semantics of a mnesia:transaction/1
(well... they use it, at least.) And list comprehensions
seem quite easy as soon as you learn to spell out the
shorthand -- "the list of X where X is taken from the list L
and X>17". The same goes for lists:map, foldl, etc.

...or are our average programmers not as average as I've
thought?  (:

Ulf Wiger, Senior Specialist,
   / / /   Architecture & Design of Carrier-Class Software
  / / /    Strategic Product & System Management
 / / /     Ericsson Telecom AB, ATM Multiservice Networks

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