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Mastering JavaScript Functional Programming - Second Edition

By : Federico Kereki
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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)
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All about functions

Let's get started with a short review of functions in JavaScript and their relationship to FP concepts. We can start something that we mainly mentioned in the Functions as first-class objects section in Chapter 1, Becoming Functional - Several Questions, and in a couple of places in Chapter 2, Thinking Functionally - A First Example, about functions as first-class objects, and then go on to several considerations about their usage in actual coding.

In particular, we'll be looking at the following: 

  • Some basic and very important concepts about lambda calculus, which is the theoretical basis for FP
  • Arrow functions, which are the most direct translation of lambda calculus into JavaScript
  • Using functions as first-class objects, a key concept in FP