Guest Talk on Wed 7th November 2007

Functional Programming for Dummies

Time & Date

Wed 7th November 2007, 15:00 - Wed 7th November 2007, 16:00

Location

DCS

Description

A functional language uses a model for computation based upon the evaluation of mathematical expressions. There are no states or mutable data in functional programming, as, literally speaking nothing can be changed once it has been defined. As such functional languages are a refreshing and provocative alternative to the overwhelming dominance of command based languages, be they lower level script based or higher level object-oriented. Today's talk will outline the motivation, history, and essential structure of a typical functional programming language such as SML or Haskell.

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