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Re: I'm back, sorta

by webfiend (Vicar)
on May 04, 2003 at 00:37 UTC ( #255406=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to I'm back, sorta

Excellent. Welcome back (officially back, that is). I hope whatever private stories are involved with this change have also been resolved with a minimum of fuss. Your future posts are greatly anticipated. The Why I Like Functional Programming post got me started down the slippery slope of LISP and Scheme. Thanks for contributing to my expansion beyond the world of C-based languages :-)


I just realized that I was using the same sig for nearly three years.

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Re: Re: I'm back, sorta
by Anonymous Monk on May 04, 2003 at 01:55 UTC

    I don't mean to sound trollish, but why does everyone seem to be going nuts over Why I Like Functional Programming? I've read it three times and I still don't see what's so original/insightful etc about it. Could someone enlighten me? thanks

      I just liked it because it was a different approach to writing code than I had used before, but written in very comfortable, familiar terminology. So it's not so much that it's a great enlightenment on functional programming. More like it nudged my brain out of a particular pattern. That's all.

      It doesn't have to be perfect, just different from what I've already seen.


      I just realized that I was using the same sig for nearly three years.

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[ambrus]: modern computers have way enough processing power to allow this, at least for geeks who are willing to spend a few weeks to learn a tricky new user interface like vim
[Corion]: ambrus: Well, for mathematical notation, I find blackboard much more convenient than a computer. But when inserting text or moving text around, the computer wins obviously
[ambrus]: But either of these is a big problem in practice, so I'd need to spend like thirty years of my life to solve (a) and five more years to solve (b)
[ambrus]: Corion: yes, CURRENTLY the blackboard is more convenient
[ambrus]: and it's not like I want to ban blackboards anyway
[ambrus]: you already have blackboards and a canvas for projector or overhead transparencies (or positive film slide projector, not used for maths) canvas in the same lecture halls today, and switch in a few minutes between presentations,
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[ambrus]: overhead transparencies are a nice convenience by the way that mix the two slides, because you can write them in advance and edit them during the presentation easily. but they're not very much in fasion these days.
[ambrus]: you can even print them.
[Discipulus]: ambrus i'm trying out MremoteNG which wrap putty and rdp and many other things..

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