Beginners Guide to Functional Programming: Part 1

Yeah yeah yeah, tl;dr; and show me the code, yo!

Introduction

I have been learning Functional Programming over the past year with a friend of mine. We’ve both cut our teeth on finding who to learn from, what articles are useful, and what actually translates into your day to day programming job. I’ve also learned a lot of natural problems that arise as you start a new project from scratch with an OOP background, or if you’re refactoring some OOP code to be more functional.

In this article, I wanted to share some of what I learned. Specifically what functional programming is, why it matters, how to use pure functions and list comprehensions in the real world. While I use JavaScript in this article, I’ve learned that the concepts and libraries supporting it are available in many programming languages.

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Why Rewrite InsertBackendHere to Node?

There are always fads, but sometimes the fads have reasons they are fads. Question from a reader:

“I’m fine re-architecting our various software applications used internally using Backbone/Angular for the front-end. However, why would I use Node for the back-end when my Spring MVC SOAP Java business layer works just fine?”

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Experiences in Managing Software Development Through Kanban & Trello

Introduction

On my last project, I managed a team developing an application to manage hospitality locations. Given our requirements were constantly in flux, the contracts were on a short cycle, and the team was generally new to enterprise software development, I chose a Kanban style approach to managing and delivering it. I wanted to share with you the rationale, methodology, challenges, and the surprising change to my role while on the project.
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Angular 2 in Slovakia

Travelled to Slovakia 3 weeks back to speak about Angular 2 in Bratislava at the OpenSlava conference. Just a basic overview of Angular 2 vs 1. I dove into what docs I could find, took John Papa’s sample Angular 2 project out for a spin, played with a few language implementations.

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