[erlang-questions] The Beauty of Erlang Syntax

Kevin Scaldeferri <>
Wed Feb 25 20:35:38 CET 2009


On Feb 25, 2009, at 11:07 AM, Gordon Guthrie wrote:

> Michael Richter wrote:
>
>> Why do you think people stay away from functional programming  
>> languages in
>> droves?
>
> The most popular programming language in the world is the spreadsheet
> - and it is a Functional Programming Language...
>
> The correct way to frame that question is:
> "given that non-functional programmers are such a tiny minority of the
> worlds' programmers, how come they dominate the professional and
> vocational sector of programmers so heavily?"


Spreadsheets are a domain-specific, visual, declarative language.   
Excel macros are implemented in a procedural / imperative language.   
Neither is comparable to general-purpose functional programming  
languages.


-k



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