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Date: 2003-02-20 (20:12)
From: Ken Rose <kenrose@t...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] graphical notation/representation of functional programs?
Oliver Bandel wrote:
> Hello,
> when using graphical representations like in
> "The Craft of Functional Programming", so that
> a function is a box with in- and output, then
> it's a convenient way of looking at functional
> programs.
> Is that technique of overview more elaborated
> used by other people?
> Shouldn't it possible to have a graphical notation
> for FP, like a functional aequivalent of the notation,
> that is used in the OO-programmers world, where
> classes and methods and attributes and so on
> are presentated in a graphical manner?
> Are there papers on that topic?
> Or is functional programming in higher spheres
> done comepletely an algebraic form 8lambda calculus)?

I don't know of anything formal, but the dataflow diagrams used in some
structured analysis methods feel pretty functional to me.  See, for
example "Modern Structured Analysis" Edward Yourdon, 1989.

 - ken
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