Re: Functional composition operator?

From: Pierre Weis (
Date: Fri Dec 11 1998 - 14:57:48 MET

From: Pierre Weis <>
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Subject: Re: Functional composition operator?
To: (John Harrison)
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 1998 14:57:48 +0100 (MET)
In-Reply-To: <> from "John Harrison" at Dec 9, 98 05:17:22 pm

> I wasn't necessarily proposing such a ragbag. But as Don Syme has pointed
> out, there are many perfectly natural and disciplined ways of using side
> effects within globally functional code.

I think we agree on the whole thing in fact: the problem is to get
the most readable and clearest program we can write.

> [...] I'm happy for
> people to avoid composition if that's what they want. However I don't like
> the idea of discouraging new programmers from using it even when it
> could be very helpful and natural.

You're absolutely right. The more natural the better.

Pierre Weis

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