[Haskell-cafe] Re: Channel9 Interview: Software Composability and
theFu ture of Languages
magnus at therning.org
Thu Feb 1 06:51:26 EST 2007
On Thu, Feb 01, 2007 at 09:24:03 +0000, Dougal Stanton wrote:
>I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that, like Feynman's
>example of how people count in their heads, both of these explanations
>are accurate. If I were to explain the process to someone it would be
>in the imperative style: literally "giving commands", which is what a
>recipe is. But in my mind I imagine it as the gradual process of
>stirring milk into a base, which is far more adequately described in
>the functional style.
>The question is --- how would an expert describe such a process? Would
>a professional chef give instructions in the functional or imperative
>style? I think that is relevant, since the approach to the problem may
>change depending on proficiency. We may *learn* in the imperative style
>but *think* in the functional.
There may be something in what you say. I kind of like it :-) Of
course it makes me wonder if we have to _learn_ how to _learn_ in the
functional style. I am convinced _some_ people are able to learn in
that way, I doubt all are.
Magnus Therning (OpenPGP: 0xAB4DFBA4)
magnus at therning.org Jabber: magnus.therning at gmail.com
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