Functional Programming in ML

Authored by: Lawrence C. Paulson

Encyclopedia of Software Engineering

Print publication date:  November  2010
Online publication date:  November  2010

Print ISBN: 9781420059779
eBook ISBN: 9781351249270
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ESE-120044136

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Abstract

Functional programming is an attempt to unify programming with mathematics. Expressions rather than commands are the main programming constructs, and side effects are kept to a minimum. Lists and trees are the most important data structures, since they can be implemented by traditional pointer methods; they lend themselves to functional code that runs efficiently. Functional programming yields high productivity and makes for robust, portable code.

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