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Parametric Programming – an equational approach to OO and beyond

A very long time ago I had an interesting if flawed idea. The idea was to (optionally) replace instances of expression constructs with equations defining or referring to components of conventional compound structures. The special variables defined or used I … Continue reading

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Functional while loops – no, really!

As I’ve explained I invented and implemented a small functional language (PYFL) to test out some ideas. In particular one idea is the (oxymoronic) functional while loop. A while loop? In a functional language? “Impossible!” you snort. Well you’re wrong. … Continue reading

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PYFL Output: the magic of simple side effects

As I’ve already explained I’ve invented and implemented an experimental functional language – PYFL (PYthon based Functional Language) – to try out some ideas. For example, PYFL has a full set of Variable Binding Operators (VBOs) that use a linear … Continue reading

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Monads Schmonads: Functional Input without tears (PYFL)

As I already explained, I’ve invented and implemented a simple functional language (PYFL) with a few interesting twists. Including a promising but simple approach to input.

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PYFL: Putting the fun back in functional programming

Haskell has been both a blessing and a curse for Functional Programming (FP.) A blessing because it has allowed many thousands to experience FP firsthand – by writing functional programs. They’ve discovered that it’s not that hard, that you can … Continue reading

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Dimensionality Analysis: multiple dimensions

[This reports on research carried out in collaboration with my PhD student Monem Shennat and former student Omar Alaqeeli] In a previous post I showed how to find identify variables in a classic (time only) Lucid program that are constant … Continue reading

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Dimensionality – time sensitivity

[This reports on research carried out in collaboration with my PhD student Monem Shennat and former student Omar Alaqeeli] Dimensionality is a big issue with multidimensional Lucid – it means figuring out which dimensions are relevant to calculating the values … Continue reading

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Intensional Logic in Context – from philosophy to technology

The most pervasive fallacy of philosophic thinking goes back to neglect of context. Jon Dewey What exactly is “intensional programming?” The easy answer is, programming in a language based on intensional logic. But that raises another, more important question, namely … Continue reading

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Just Funnin’ – the infamous “Cowboys” section of the Lucid book

[This is the infamous section of the book Lucid the Dataflow Programming Language where I make fun of everyone working on imperative languages. It was very popular but many people hated it even though no individual is named. In a … Continue reading

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Plotting Propositions – the Mathematics of Persuasion

Sha la la la la la laLa la laLa di daLa di da Van Morrison (Brown Eyed Girl) A lot of people have to write as part of their jobs – grant proposals, progress reports, specifications. And there are endless … Continue reading

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