[erlang-questions] odd one out

Steve Vinoski <>
Tue Jan 11 15:49:06 CET 2011

On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 8:54 AM, nox <> wrote:
> Le 11 janv. 2011 à 14:48, Steve Vinoski a écrit :
>> On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 8:41 AM, James Churchman
>> <> wrote:
>>> can anyone spot the (very) odd one out !
>>> http://qconlondon.com/london-2011/tracks/show_track.jsp?trackOID=424
>> Hmm, let's see...the track host? ;-)
>> Not sure what you're getting at, but are you hinting that node.js
>> isn't written in a functional language? If so, you should know that
>> JavaScript supports functional programming. Ever used jQuery for
>> example?
>> --steve
> I wouldn't say ECMAScript doesn't support functional programming, but it sure is not its main
> paradigm. And since when jQuery was called "functional"? For me, functional programming is
> very tied to the concept of pure functions and jQuery is pretty much a big object
> encapsulating in-place modifications of the DOM.

I disagree, having used it extensively I know jQuery is FP-oriented in
style and approach. The fact that you have to manipulate the DOM in
place isn't jQuery's fault. Heck, if you want to get really picky, we
shouldn't include Erlang in the conference track either, given how
rampantly side-effects occur within normal Erlang apps (as Erik Meijer
is so fond of reminding me whenever he sees me).


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