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Mastering JavaScript Functional Programming - Second Edition

By : Federico Kereki
Book Image

Mastering JavaScript Functional Programming - Second Edition

By: Federico Kereki

Overview of this book

Functional programming is a paradigm for developing software with better performance. It helps you write concise and testable code. To help you take your programming skills to the next level, this comprehensive book will assist you in harnessing the capabilities of functional programming with JavaScript and writing highly maintainable and testable web and server apps using functional JavaScript. This second edition is updated and improved to cover features such as transducers, lenses, prisms and various other concepts to help you write efficient programs. By focusing on functional programming, you’ll not only start to write but also to test pure functions, and reduce side effects. The book also specifically allows you to discover techniques for simplifying code and applying recursion for loopless coding. Gradually, you’ll understand how to achieve immutability, implement design patterns, and work with data types for your application, before going on to learn functional reactive programming to handle complex events in your app. Finally, the book will take you through the design patterns that are relevant to functional programming. By the end of this book, you’ll have developed your JavaScript skills and have gained knowledge of the essential functional programming techniques to program effectively.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Technical Requirements

Chapter 6, Producing Functions – Higher-Order Functions

6.1. A border case: Just applying the function to a null object will throw an error:

const getField = attr => obj => obj[attr];

// Uncaught TypeError: Cannot read property 'a' of null

Having functions throw exceptions isn't usually good in FP. You may opt to produce undefined instead, or work with monads, just like we did in the last Chapter 12Building Better Containers – Functional Data Types of this book. A safe version of getField() is as follows:

const getField2 = attr => obj => (attr && obj ? obj[attr] : undefined);

6.2. How many? Let's call calc(n) the number of calls that are needed to evaluate fib(n). Analyzing the tree that shows all the needed calculations, we get the following:

  • calc(0)=1
  • calc(1)=1
  • For n...