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Re: Re: (OT) Where is programming headed?

by impossiblerobot (Deacon)
on Dec 14, 2001 at 05:35 UTC ( #131869=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: (OT) Where is programming headed?
in thread (OT) Where is programming headed?

Although I have vague notions, I'm not entirely clear on all the terminology used to define different programming languages(functional, procedural, declarative, etc.).

Does anyone know of a web site with a good, detailed breakdown/comparison of all these different programming styles/paradigms?

Impossible Robot


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Re: Re: Re: (OT) Where is programming headed?
by hakkr (Chaplain) on Dec 14, 2001 at 16:13 UTC
    www.haskell.org
    Will give you the down on Functional programming. Hope you like maths:)
Re: Re: Re: (OT) Where is programming headed?
by AidanLee (Chaplain) on Dec 14, 2001 at 18:13 UTC

    Well, pulling open the book from that course I took, they give four categories: Imperative, Functional, Logic, and Object Oriented. I know my professor threw in Generic because of she was aware of developments in that category outside of C++'s templating system. I also know of a supplemental category, Aspect Oriented Programming, which is just recently being researched.

    I find that the easiest way to get the sense of a programming category is to list examples of which languages fall where:

    Object Oriented: Smalltalk
    Functional: LISP, APL, ML, Haskell
    Logic: Prolog
    Imperative: C

      It's dangerous to make such lists, though. For example, nowadays Lisp (in the form of Common Lisp, at least), is probably used more to program in imperative and OO styles than functional. It just happens that you can reasonably do functional programming in it, and has somehow become pigeonholed as a functional language in some circles (when in fact there are probably better languages to use to really get into functional programming).

      Of course, just about any language is subject to such stereotypes; just look at how many people regard Perl. :-)

        Good observation. Note I didn't try to categorize Perl, since I'm very well aware that people have worked with it in just about all of the mentioned categories in some form or other. In this way it's probably easier to pigeonhole a language you know less about, rather than more.

        As a general disclaimer though, I did not try to apply my own spotty knowledge in making that list. I referenced my textbook from that class I mentioned, as I figured the Author(s) knew more about the subject than I.

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