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Hands-On Functional Programming in RUST

By : Andrew Johnson
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Hands-On Functional Programming in RUST

By: Andrew Johnson

Overview of this book

Functional programming allows developers to divide programs into smaller, reusable components that ease the creation, testing, and maintenance of software as a whole. Combined with the power of Rust, you can develop robust and scalable applications that fulfill modern day software requirements. This book will help you discover all the Rust features that can be used to build software in a functional way. We begin with a brief comparison of the functional and object-oriented approach to different problems and patterns. We then quickly look at the patterns of control flow, data the abstractions of these unique to functional programming. The next part covers how to create functional apps in Rust; mutability and ownership, which are exclusive to Rust, are also discussed. Pure functions are examined next and you'll master closures, their various types, and currying. We also look at implementing concurrency through functional design principles and metaprogramming using macros. Finally, we look at best practices for debugging and optimization. By the end of the book, you will be familiar with the functional approach of programming and will be able to use these techniques on a daily basis.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Generics and Polymorphism

Parameterization, also known as generics or polymorphism, is the third most significant language feature following control flow and data structures. Parameterization addresses the copy-and-paste problem of early languages. This feature permits the don't repeat yourself principle of good program design.

In this chapter, we will look at how parameterization can help us design robust programs that evolve with change rather than fight against change. No new project requirements will be introduced. This chapter will be entirely reflective, looking at how the project is currently structured, how can it be improved, and how parameterization can specifically help.

The following are the learning outcomes of this chapter:

  • Understanding generalized algebraic datatypes
  • Understanding parametric polymorphism
  • Understanding parametric lifetimes
  • Understanding parametric...