FP as far away as ever from the mainstream......

Bjarne Däcker <>
Tue Jun 22 10:41:55 CEST 2004


FP is in Computer Science like modern
classical music, i.e. something esoteric
where the success criteria are weirdness
and unpopularity. FP becomes an escapism
from applications.

Bjarne

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Williams" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, June 21, 2004 9:39 AM
Subject: FP as far away as ever from the mainstream......


> See the article below about ICFP 2004. It seems that Functional
Programming
> is as far away as ever from mainstream usage. In fact it still seems that
> Erlang is the only functional language which is making *any* headway
> in industrial / commercial applications. And the FP purists don't like
> us because Erlang isn't strongly typed and totally "pure".
>
> In retrospect we made a great mistake in promoting Erlang as an FP.
> Joe's idea of "concurrency oriented" languages would have made better
> sense.....
>
> /mike
>




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