Re: Initial Draft Finding on Principle of Least Power

Graham Klyne writes:

> I'm biased in this respect, but I rather liked the reference to
> Haskell.  In particular, I thought the text was clear enough 
> (to me) that Haskell was no less powerful, but also carried the
> suggestion that somehow pure functional expressions are more 
> amenable to the proffered advantages of less power.

Thanks.  That's certainly what I intended when I added it.  I think that 
functional languages are a very interesting point on the 
power/complexity/analyseability scale, as they have all the expressive 
power of Turing completeness, but can be reasoned about in ways that are 
difficult with procedural languages.

So, I was a bit disappointed when the first response (from Harry Halpin) 
worried that the text could be taken as criticising rather than supporting 
the best aspects of functional languages.  I don't think this is worth a 
flame war, but I'll be curious to see how other readers took it.  Thanks!


Noah Mendelsohn 
IBM Corporation
One Rogers Street
Cambridge, MA 02142

Received on Thursday, 22 December 2005 22:23:34 UTC