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What are some good practices when trying to teach declarative programming to imperative programmers?

I offered to do a little bit training in F# at my company and they seemed to show some interest. They are generally VB6 and C# programmers who don't follow programming with too much passion. That ...
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Is SQL declarative?

I ask because so many of the questions I see in SQL amount to: "This is slow. How do I speed it up"? Or are tutorials stating "Do this this way and not that way as it's faster". It seems to me that a ...
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How to better start learning programming - with imperative or declarative languages?

Someone is interested in learning to program. What language paradigm should I recomend him - imperative or declarative? And what programming language should he start with? I think that declarative ...
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How could you reconcile declarative database development and non-trivial data 'motions'?

Coming back to SQL Server after several years away, I find the Visual Studio Database projects (and now SSDT) very exciting, as they are aiming to offer a way to develop databases declaratively, ...
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Is Clojure a 3GL or a 4GL?

A bit of background (in case I'm mistaken)... I think I understand that (it's an oversimplification): manually entering codes into memory (or on a punchcard) is "first generation language" using ...
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In a declarative language, specifically in the context of modelling, can we make a clear distinction between code and data?

For declarative languages, specifically (but not limited to) in the field of modelling, it's not obvious to me whether code can be considered to be separate from data. This line of reasoning may only ...
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Declarative input language strategies

I need to develop a simple declarative language to drive an application. I have various computational modules, some of them depending on other modules which also need setup. The problem is that I ...
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Mixing declarative & imperative code (Implicit 'unit tests' ?) [closed]

Well I'm no expert, but as a student, I'm curious about languages and their design patterns / goals. I'd like to know, whether there are any points I miss in the following examples, and why ...