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"A theory of functionality is presently being developed, where traditional ideas of data structures are being reformulated in such a way that a structure is now seen as a functional operator missing some if its arguments. For instance, an integer is akin to a for-loop missing its body, a boolean is akin to a conditional missing its pair of branches, etc."

(from
Corrado Boehm and Alessandro Berarducci: Automatic Synthesis of Typed Lambda-Programs on Term Algebras
Theoretical Computer Science, 1985, v39, pp. 135--154. )

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