"Why no one uses functional languages" - worth (re)reading

Thanks to a mention in today’s “O’Reilly Programming Newsletter”, I found myself skimming an interesting Reddit thread: “Why are imperative programs considered faster than their functional counterparts?”

In the thread, I ran across a mention of Philip Wadler’s 1998 (!) article “Why no one uses functional languages”. Although the article greatly predates the genesis of Elixir, it gives quite a bit of credit to Erlang.

More to the point, many of its recommendations are things that José et al have been (or should consider?) doing. In any case, it’s a pleasant and informative read, which I highly recommend.



The second link has a copy-paste issue, should have been Download Limit Exceeded

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Oops; sorry about that. I trimmed some goo out of the URLs; maybe that will help… -r