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Deconstructing Functional Programming

chris webster

Joined: Mar 01, 2009
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Here's an interesting and slightly provocative talk on Deconstructing Functional Programming by Gilad Bracha.

I think to some extent he's setting up a FP straw man to complain about, but he makes some interesting observations about some of the shibboleths of the FP world, and some very sensible comments about how OOP and FP are not really fundamentally opposed, they're just different ways of achieving the same thing (a point also made by Dan Grossman in his excellent Programming Languages course on Coursera).

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Sean Corfield
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Joined: Feb 09, 2011
Posts: 282

A very thought-provoking talk!

Type systems, monads, and fully curried functions are things you'll find in the Haskell world but much less so in the Clojure world - because Clojure focuses on industrial practicality. So Bracha's points are reasonable, but he's aiming at a target that reflects academia more than industry, IMO.
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