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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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Programming Declaratively - A Better Style

Up to now, we haven't really been able to appreciate the possibilities of Functional Programming (FP) as it pertains to working in a higher-level, declarative fashion. In this chapter, we will correct this, and start getting shorter, more concise, and easier to understand code, by using some higher-order functions (HOF); that is, functions that take functions as parameters, such as the following:

  • reduce() and reduceRight() to apply an operation to a whole array, reducing it to a single result
  • map() to transform one array into another by applying a function to each of its elements
  • flat() to make a single array out of an array of arrays
  • flatMap() to mix together mapping and flattening
  • forEach() to simplify writing loops by abstracting the necessary looping code

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