Chapter 3. Functions

Julia is foremost a functional language because computations and data transformations are done through functions; they are first-class citizens in Julia. Programs are structured around defining functions and to overload them for different combinations of argument types. This chapter discusses this keystone concept, covering the following topics:

  • Defining functions
  • Optional and keyword arguments
  • Anonymous functions
  • First-class functions and closures
  • Recursive functions
  • Map, filter, and list comprehensions
  • Generic functions and multiple dispatch

Defining functions

A function is an object that gets a number of arguments (the argument list, arglist) as the input, then does something with these values in the function body, and returns none, ...

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