My experience in programming to this point has been procedural (way back in C and assembly) and object-oriented (C++, C#, Java, Ruby). I have no experience in functional programming, and I wonder if that leaves a gap in the tools I have in approaching a problem. I have no idea where this will lead, or how this might change me as a developer, but that’s fine. It worked out ok last time with Ruby.
My motivation behind this is strictly to learn a new way to think about and solve problems, not find a shiny new language/framework to land a new gig. For that reason I am planning on learning a pure functional language, most likely Haskell. Having talked to a few people there are other options out there, but Haskell keeps coming up as the top choice if you want to learn the concepts of functional programming.
I’m planning on starting out with Learn You A Haskell For Great Good. It is a resource that has popped up in discussions and threads as this idea has festered in my brain, but if folks have other ideas I’d love to hear them.
Stay tuned, someday soon I may actually understand what a monad is.
Hi Mike, The OReilly book ‘Real World Haskell’ is pretty good. IMO, better than LYAH.
Thanks for the suggestion Ethan, I’ll definitely check it out.
This sounds like a great plan, good luck.
(Also if you figure out what a Monad is – let me know…)
Great post Mike.
If you’ve ever done complex excel work your doing functional programing. Each cell is evaluated and excel stores no state.
Keep up the great posts.
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