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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

Impure functions

If you decided to completely forego all kinds of side effects, then your programs would only be able to work with hardcoded inputs, and wouldn't be able to show you the calculated results! Similarly, most web pages would be useless: you wouldn't be able to make any web services calls or update the DOM; you'd have static pages only. And your Node code would be really useless for server-side work, as it wouldn't be able to perform any I/O.

Reducing side effects is a good goal in FP, but we shouldn't go overboard with it! So let's think of how to avoid using impure functions, if possible, and how to deal with them if not, looking for the best possible way to contain or limit their scope.

Avoiding impure functions