Bring back the word "subroutine". Sounds so much cooler (and sometimes even more accurate) than "function".

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@paul i thought a function was a subroutine that returns a value, no? and a method is a function or subroutine defined on an object.

have i been using them wrong?

@dma Those sound like reasonable enough definitions. I'm not much of a stickler for semantics as long as the intended audience correctly understands context.

This is less of a "you're doing it wrong" post and more of a "subroutine is a cool sounding word" post.

@colinsmatt11 @icedquinn @paul tail call tribe

now we're just inventing band names.


@dma @paul
That's how it was in Pascal

C came along and said, "Nah, they're all functions now." 😁

@RL_Dane @dma I was just reading some pascal code last night. "Subroutine" must have leaked into my subconscious.

@paul Everything would be much cleaner if function would mean code without side effects that returns something and subroutine would mean everything else that can return. Functions and pure functions just feels like duct tape.


The word “procedure” used to also be used (in addition to “subroutine” and “function”).

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