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Re: Parity with conventional programs

Unfortunately, it is (in general) not true that functional programs
are as efficient as procedural programs. This is one of the problems
with functional programs - not that they are less efficient than
programs written in more common languages - but that the proponents of
functional programs try to claim that they are not. The other
advantages more than outweigh this, and the difference gets less and
less every day (and may well eventually be zero). I would agree that a
demonstration that functional programs are as efficient in some areas
as other programs is a good idea, but do not oversell - in the short
run it may help, but in the long run it will only discourage people.


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