RE: XPath is NOT a functional language
Actually, much though I would like to see functions supported as first-class objects within the type system, most of the definitions of the term "functional language" do not require this concept, and are aligned with the way the XPath spec uses the term. See for example http://www.google.com/search?q=define:functional+language With Phil Wadler on the working group, we could hardly get away with using the term in a way that's out of line with accepted definitions. Michael Kay > -----Original Message----- > From: Colin Paul Adams [mailto:colin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] > Sent: 30 March 2004 07:52 > To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: XPath is NOT a functional language > > I don't no whether to be amused or appalled (I incline to the later), > to see this near the beginning of the XPath 2.0 draft: > > [Definition: XPath is a functional language, which means that > expressions can be nested with full generality. ] > > SINCE WHEN? > > If a function definition were an expression, then this statement would > be true, but you can't even define functions in XPath, let alone pass > there definitions around. Nor can you pass a QNAME to stand for the > function definition either. > -- > Colin Paul Adams > Preston Lancashire
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