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Re: Functional Paradigm popularity and Maths (Was: XML as a transition to s-expr)

Quoth Paul Prescod on Tuesday, 18 December:
: Doesn't a truly functional programmer have to learn about assignments,
: mutation, binding scopes etc. in order to switch to procedural?

Definition is a restricted form of assignment, so it's an incremental
learning process.

Binding scopes are what lambda is all about.  i think binding scopes
are covered much better in learning a functional language.

They do have to learn about mutation to shift from a purely functional
environment to an imperative one, although monads.... (*joking*!)