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Old 26 June 2010, 23:01   #9
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Functional coding = missing side effects? Heh, would really like to have a read who said that.
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Functinal coding is nice for smaller projects and surely faster to implement (sometimes), but that it's less error prone must come from someone that really struggles with efficient OO design
The reason functional programming is so popular in research is that due to the absence of side effects (and yes, an ideal purely functional language allows no side effects at all) it is possible to do a lot of static checking, which in effect makes it less error prone. That's not to say I personally think a purely functional style is useful for every application.
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