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Mastering JavaScript Functional Programming

By : Federico Kereki
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Mastering JavaScript Functional Programming

By: Federico Kereki

Overview of this book

Functional programming is a programming paradigm for developing software using functions. Learning to use functional programming is a good way to write more concise code, with greater concurrency and performance. The JavaScript language is particularly suited to functional programming. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the major topics in functional programming with JavaScript to produce shorter, clearer, and testable programs. You’ll delve into functional programming; including writing and testing pure functions, reducing side-effects, and other features to make your applications functional in nature. Specifically, we’ll explore techniques to simplify coding, apply recursion for loopless coding, learn ways to achieve immutability, implement design patterns, and work with data types. By the end of this book, you’ll have developed the JavaScript skills you need to program functional applications with confidence.
Table of Contents (22 chapters)
Title Page
About the Author
About the Reviewer
Customer Feedback
Connecting Functions - Pipelining and Composition
Answers to Questions

All about functions

Let's get started with a short review of functions in JS and their relationship to FP concepts. We can start something we mentioned in previous chapters, about functions as first-class objects, and then go on to several considerations about their usage in JS.

Of lambdas and functions

In lambda calculus terms, a function can look like λx.2*x. The understanding is that the variable after the λ character is the parameter for the function, and the expression after the dot is where you would replace whatever value is passed as an argument.


If you sometimes wonder about the difference between arguments and parameters, a mnemonic with some alliteration may help: Parameters are Potential, Arguments are Actual. Parameters are placeholders for potential values that will be passed, and arguments are the actual values passed to the function.

Applying a function means that you provide an actual argument to it, and that is written in the usual way, by using parentheses. For example...