Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Intro to functional programming talk

Last night I spoke at the Brisbane Functional Programming Group. Tried to scribble on the whiteboard a bit to avoid "death by slides". The objective was to help imperative programmers new to FP become familiar with some of the core concepts, so I tried to go at a slow pace. I think it went for about 1 hour 20 minutes.

The first part of the talk covered history and the landscape of popular functional languages. The rest was on functions, partial function application, algebraic data types, pattern matching and tuples. I used Haskell syntax, but the concepts are transferable to other languages such as Scala and F#.

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