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Book Club: Why noone uses functional languages (Philip Wadler)

Our latest technical book club discussion was based around Philip Wadler’s paper ‘Why noone uses functional langauges’ which he wrote in 1998. I came across this paper when reading some of the F# goals in the FAQs on the Microsoft website.

These are some of my thoughts and our discussion of the paper:

I think in general a lot of the points this paper raises have been addressed by some of the functional languages which are gaining prominence more recently - Erlang, F# and Scala to name a few.

It will definitely be interesting to see what role functional languages have to play in the polyglot programming era that my colleague Neal Ford foresees.

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