Krakow, Poland, 25 - 27 August 2021
Lambda? You Keep Using that LetterConference
Lambdas. All the cool kid languages have them. But does lambda mean what Java and other languages, from C++ to Python, mean by lambda? Where did lambdas come from? What were they originally for? What is their relationship to data abstraction?
In this session, we will into the history, the syntax, the uses and abuses of lambdas, and how lambda constructs in Java and other languages do (or do not) match the original construct introduced in lambda calculus.
Kevlin Henney is an independent consultant, trainer, reviewer and writer. His development interests are in programming, people and practice. He has been a columnist for various magazines and web sites, a contributor to open- and closed-source software and a member of more committees than is probably healthy (it has been said that "a committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled"). He is co-author of two volumes in the Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture series, editor of 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know and and co-editor of 97 Things Every Java Programmer Should Know.
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