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Re: What's so cool about Scheme?

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> >I agree with what you're getting at but would add that code-as-data and 
> >dynamic features including dynamic typing are just as at home with OO 
> >languages and not unique or any better suited (IFAICS) to functional 
> >flavored languages like LISP.
> >
> >Cheers,
> >Steve
> 	I agree, but actually you remind me perhaps of the label that I was looking for: "dynamic languages".  OO and dynamic are independent feature axes; in that sense of course dynamic features *are* unique to dynamic languages! :-)  However if the 'functional' feature set means higher-order functions, then 'dynamic' may be a requirement of being 'functional'.  Are there any languages that do *not* have dynamicism yet are considered functional?

Lots of them: SML, ocaml, Haskell, Clean, ... At least if what you mean by
dynamic is either or both of dynamic typing and code-as-data.  Dynamic in
your sense is by no means a prerequisite for a language to be functional.