Along with being tried and trusted, functional programming is one of the biggest current trends in programming. Its focus on side-effect free code, unadorned data manipulation and simple structures promote a coding style that reduces bugs, and lifts the level of abstraction to a point where we can achieve more with less code. All topics discussed in the course can be used to various degrees in any code-base – even if your daily work is with a huge object-oriented project, the techniques discussed will certainly be useful.
Right from the start we'll dive into the implementation of a text-based adventure game. We will also see how function composition is used to solve specific problems in this domain by combining highly generic functions. We learn function programming techniques that help improve asynchronous code used to load the game from disk.
Later we'll become acquainted with a few other examples as well, as we learn about designing applications around an immutable data structure. And we end our journey with a discussion of recursion and how it relates to lazy data structures, and show examples of using previously discussed techniques on infinite data sets.
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Understand the scope of the course and get a feeling of what will be covered and when.
Understand the basic premise of functional programming and how it is helpful.
Ease into functional programming with some important core concepts.
Developing a Minesweeper data model.
Adding undo to Minesweeper.
Investigating how immutability can boost performance.
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